Chicago, 1931--Widow Asta Eicher, mother of three, is pressed for money after the death of her husband. She begins to receive seductive letters from a charismatic man named Harry Powers. She eventually marries him and moves to West Virginia. Weeks later, all four Eichers are dead. Chicago journalist Emily Thornhill journeys to West Virginia to cover the murder trial and investigate the story herself. She finds herself especially haunted by what happened to the youngest child, a precocious nine-year-old girl named Annabel. A mesmerizing novel from the author of Lark & Termite (2009).