Harvard doctoral student Connie Goodwin is spending the summer clearing out her deceased grandmother's home in Marblehead, Massachusetts. It is there that she finds references to a woman named Deliverance Dane and her "physick book"--a book of magical powers. Research reveals that Deliverance was accused of witchcraft during the Salem witch trials. This leads Connie to wonder what Deliverance's connection is to her family--and how does it explain the mysterious, eerie events now occurring? Howe deftly blends history, romance, and suspense in this mesmerizing debut.