Tom Bridger, a half Melungeon, was moving up the detective ranks in the Virginia Police Department when a family tragedy brought him back home. Now he is a county sheriff's deputy in his home town.
When the bones of a murdered Melungeon woman surface on a remote mountaintop, the victim's poor family and the wealthy white family she married into try to protect their secrets.
In the meantime, veterinarian Rachel Goddard, Tom's lover, befriends the dead woman's niece Holly, who knows more about the murder than she is letting on.
The guilty are determined to silence Holly and Rachel, changing Tom's investigation into a personal quest to lay the dead, and the living, to rest.
Sandra Parshall, Agatha Award winning author of The Heat of the Moon, is a native southerner who worked as a reporter in South Carolina, West Virginia, and Maryland. She and her husband live in Northern Virginia.