Lucinda Welch and Sally Baum were best friends who shared everything. At age six and exploring the forbidden woods, Sally confided seeing a strange man, making Lucinda promise not to tell anyone.
Sally and her mother suddenly vanish. In the small town of Ivers, Maine, the fearful citizens pointed fingers at Jonah, Sally's dad. He admitted to arguing with his wife the night before but never considered she would take their child and flee. Sheriff Maurice, Jonah's friend could find no grounds to arrest him, though everyone believed Johan killed his family.
Jonah's severe grief had him leave his home to become a squatter in the mountains. He rarely came to town, where he was ostracized by many.
Twenty-five years pass, and Jonah arrives at Lucinda's Grain & Feed store for supplies. She denies him credit later regretting her decision for she also grieves with Jonah. She cannot endure losing Sally, and though she believes Jonah innocent, she has a business to run. Plagued by guilt, she decides to visit him, but as the Deputy, she is called to locate a missing girl. This child's foster parents swear she was abducted. Investigation of their house shows abuse. Lucinda realizes this is the exact date when Sally and her mom disappeared.
A witness tells Lucinda someone was in Jonah's long-abandoned house and she is pulled in many directions: to see Jonah, to look for the child, to investigate Johan's home, and to be with her ailing father.
A spine-tingling tale, questions arise: How can Jonah survive two-plus decades in a decrepit cabin with no money? Why is his old home still vacant? A suspenseful, page-turner!