In the small town of Goose Bend, Pennsylvania, people don't forget, especially something as sensational as 12-year-old Jacob Gillis burning down the town. Nineteen years later, Jacob returns hoping for redemption but instead finds himself enmeshed in a murder investigation. The prosecutor, taking advantage of Jacob's involvement with the victim's sister-in-law threatens Jacob with loss of career and reputation if he doesn't play by his rules. Only by outwitting the prosecutor can Jacob save his future.
South Georgia, 1956. When 16-year-old Quincy Bruce goes to live with her Aunt Addy, she has no idea that what happened 13 years earlier in wartime London can destroy her future. Her parents have gone to Africa as missionaries, leaving Quincy with her free-spirited and lively aunt, a war widow, and the only person who supports Quincy's ambition to become a musician. When another aunt accuses Addy of having been the inspiration for the adulterous woman in Nathan Waterstone's infamous wartime novel, The Lady, Quincy vows to prove her wrong.