A combination of the Deep South, a society that has not truly accepted the Civil Rights of the 1960s, and a brutal and senseless triple homicide that is ignored by the authorities is what propels this uneven second effort from an award-winning author. Events take place in North Carolina during the year of the American Bicentennial. America is trying to move on and celebrate after a decade of upheaval and in that world of turmoil will step Josephine Wright who is moving from New York back to her hometown of West Mills, North Carolina to marry her sweetheart. Not long after her arrival the three Harmon siblings are found brutally murdered in their home and suspicion quickly falls onto Wright’s future husband. But with the police unwilling to investigate the murder it is up to Wright to uncover the truth and unlock long-buried secrets or else face the consequences. With the way this book is written, there are times when it can be hard to follow for readers. At times, many of the characters speak in a dialect that modern readers might not understand.