For Ava Whalen, a new marriage and a move to St. Simons
Island means a new beginning. But what she doesnâ€™t realize
is that her marriage will take her on an unexpected journey
into the deep recesses of her past that will transform her
For as long as she can remember, Ava Whalen has struggled
with a sense of not belonging, and now, at thirty-four, she
still feels stymied by her family. Then she meets child
psychologist Matthew Frazier, and thinks her days of
loneliness are behind her. After a whirlwind romance, they
impulsively elope, and Ava moves to Matthewâ€™s ancestral home
on St. Simons Island off the coast of Georgia.
But after the initial excitement, Ava is surprised to
discover that true happiness continues to elude her. There
is much she doesnâ€™t know about Matthew, including the
mysterious circumstances surrounding his first wifeâ€™s death.
And her new home seems to hold as many mysteries and secrets
as her new husband. Feeling adrift, Ava throws herself into
uncovering Matthewâ€™s family history and that of the island,
not realizing that she has a connection of her own to this
placeâ€”or that her obsession with the past could very well
destroy her future.