"My father proposed to my mother at gunpoint when she was
nineteen, and knowing that she was already pregnant with a
dead man’s child, she accepted."
Thus begins this riveting story of a woman's quest to
understand her recently deceased mother, a glamorous, cruel
narcissist who left her only child, Elsie, an inheritance of
debts and mysteries. While coping with threats that she
suspects are coming from the cult-like spiritual program her
mother belonged to, Elsie works to unravel the message her
dying mother left for her, a quest that ultimately takes her
to the South African family homestead she never knew existed.