Tom Bridger, who is half Melungeon, thought he had escaped
his mountain community’s lingering prejudice against the mixed-race group when
he left to work for the Richmond, Virginia, Police Department. Tom was moving
up the detective ranks when a family tragedy brought him back home and moved
him into his father’s job as a county sheriff’s deputy.
Now the bones of a Melungeon woman who disappeared ten years ago have surfaced
on a remote mountaintop, and all evidence points to murder. Violence escalates
as the victim’s poor family and the wealthy white family she married into
scramble to protect their secrets from Tom’s probing. But as he looks into his
father’s investigation of the case, he finds his father was not the man he
The woman Tom is falling in love with, veterinarian Rachel
Goddard, is struggling to start over in a place that holds no memories for her.
Rachel puts herself in danger when she befriends Holly, niece of the dead Melungeon woman. As a child, the girl witnessed something that could implicate her
aunt’s killer, but she is too terrified to tell anyone what she knows. While
Rachel is determined to keep Holly safe and help her piece together past
events, the guilty are equally determined to silence the girl—and Rachel too,
Will this murder be Tom’s and Rachel’s undoing, or will it
free them to look into the future? Download and start listening now!