Louisa Elgerson is already a successful author when she decides to write the story of her mother's journey from London, England to Billington, Minnesota as a mail-order-bride. In New York she kisses Talbot Sunderland goodbye and boards the same train her mother rode to the beautiful estate of Stavewood. Luc Almquist is interested t only in Louisa's books but in her time and attention as well and becomes a pleasant distraction for her. Talbot's unanunced arrival only complicates the situation. But when Louisa's research begins to unravel a secret hidden in the heart of Stavewood it becomes apparent that things are t what they seem and people may t be who they say they are. Buried in the memories of the people and history of the beautiful Victorian estate, Louisa must find the truth.