When Aunt Lilly Verdue arrives in Nicodemus, Kansas, during the early summer of 1880, life for the Harban family changes dramatically. Ezekiel Harban is not at all happy to see his sister-in-law, and her unwillingness to admit the reason behind her hasty exit from New Orleans only fuels the fire.
Lilly is not content to peacefully fit in to the little farming community. No, she shakes things up when she decides Moses Wyman is engaged to marry the wrong girl. And then she reveals a secret that will forever alter the Harban sisters' long-held assumptions.
Back east, something sinister is happening at the school Macia Boyle's mother insisted her daughter attend. When Truth Harban travels to New York to accompany an ill Macia back to Kansas, she uncovers a deadly plot against the wealthy young women who attend the academy. Can Truth get help before it's too late?