When Melanie Hogan is helping her best friend and hair salon business partner, Claire Davis, move into the house next door, they make a grave discovery. Literally.
While storing moving boxes in Claire’s backyard on a windy autumn night, they stumble upon a secret space in the back of the shed housing three gravestones. When Melanie discovers one to be that of six-year-old Zachary Swanson, her passion for children propels her to unearth the boy’s history and find out why he was secretly tucked away.
Melanie scarcely scratches the surface for answers when she meets malicious resistance from citizens of Birch Haven, Minnesota, resistance which only ignites her determination and spurs her to dig deeper. With someone determined to permanently stop her, it's too late to back out of her quest, and Melanie soon finds out that she will be digging her own grave if she doesn’t find the answers lickety-split.
With the help of Clair and Chief Police Detective, Levi Wescott, Melanie digs in her heels and begins to unravel the threads of a family cover-up to get to the bottom of a sinister secret. Will she live to reveal the secret, or will she be forced to take it to her early grave?