Baker launched her career smashingly with The Little Giant of Aberdeen County, a New York Times best seller with originality and spunk; its follow-up, The Gilly Salt Sisters, wasn't as big but still delivered a lush, magical tale for the right readers. When a terrible bus crash in Titan Falls, NH, threatens to expose a secret, the mill owner's wife feels that she can protect herself only by driving out the on-the-margins Snow family. But young Mercy Snow heartily resists efforts to blame the crash on her brother. Then a skeleton is uncovered, adding the dark, gothic feel of a decades-old mystery.
In the tiny town of Titan Falls, New Hampshire, the paper mill dictates a quiet, steady rhythm of life. But one day a tragic bus accident sets two families on a course toward destruction, irrevocably altering the lives of everyone in their wake.
June McAllister is the wife of the local mill owner and undisputed first lady in town. But the Snow family, a group of itinerant ne'er-do-wells who live on a decrepit and cursed property, have brought her--and the town--nothing but grief.
June will do anything to cover up a dark secret she discovers after the crash, one that threatens to upend her picture-perfect life, even if it means driving the Snow family out of town. But she has never gone up against a force as fierce as the young Mercy Snow. Mercy is determined to protect her rebellious brother, whom the town blames for the accident, despite his innocence. And she has a secret of her own. When an old skeleton is discovered not far from the crash, it beckons Mercy to solve a mystery buried deep within the town's past.