The sole survivor of his engineering team after an
explosion in Afghanistan, Link Morgan comes home to
Lancaster County to recuperate. Blaming himself for living
when the others died, he vows never to be responsible for
anyone again. But his determination is tested when he
discovers a suitcase hidden inside teh wall of the house
he's remodeling - a suitcase belonging to a woman who
supposedly left her husband and young daughter twenty-five
Children's book illustrator Marisa Angelo has only one aim
when she learns of the discovery - to find the truth about
her mother's disappearance. She has been haunted all her
life by the image of her mother walking away from her,
leaving Marisa with a hole in her heart nothing can fill.
She's coped by never letting anyone see the real Marisa,
because if they do, they'd see how unlovable she is. Now
she must find the answers or be forever less than whole.
It's commonly believed that Marisa's mother ran back to
her Amish family in the Midwest, unable to face living in
her husband's English world any longer. Now, with the
finding of the suitcase, it seems that what everyone
believed may not be true. Link and Marisa reluctantly join
forces to find the answers - Link because the bloodstained
suitcase seems to implicate his uncle, who left him the
house, and Marisa because she her fears her father may be
implicated in her mother's disppearance.
The secret of Marisa's mother's disappearance must lie
buried somewhere in the pastoral farmland and quaint Amish
settlements of Lancaster County. But the more Marisa
searches, the greater the danger she is in. Someone,
either Amish or English, doesn't want the truth of the
disappearance ever to come to light, and he will kill to
be sure that secret stays buried forever.