Since Sandy Shortt's childhood classmate disappeared twenty
years ago, Sandy has been obsessed with missing things.
Finding what is lost becomes her single-minded goal--from
the lone sock that vanishes in the washing machine to the
car keys she misplaced. It's no surprise, then, that Sandy's
life's work becomes finding people who have vanished from
their loved ones. Sandy's family is baffled and concerned by
her increasing preoccupation. Her parents can't understand
her compulsion, and she pushes them away further by losing
herself in the work of tracking down these missing people.
She gives up her life in order to offer a flicker of hope to
devastated families...and escape the disappointments of her own.
Jack Ruttle is one of those devastated people. It's been a
year since his brother Donal vanished into thin air, and he
has enlisted Sandy Shortt to find him. But before she is
able to offer Jack the information he so desperately needs,
Sandy goes missing too...and Jack now finds himself
searching for his brother and the one woman who understood
One minute Sandy is jogging through the park, the next, she
can't figure out where she is. The path is obscured. Nothing
is familiar. A clearing up ahead reveals a camp site, and
it's there that Sandy discovers the impossible: she has
inadvertently stumbled upon the place-- and people--she's
been looking for all her life, a land where all the missing
people go. A world away from her loved ones and the home she
ran from for so long, Sandy soon resorts to her old habit
again, searching. Though this time, she is desperately
trying to find her way home...