This is one case that has haunted Jonathan Stride for thirty years. When he was a teenager, in the summer after his junior year of high school, he fell in love with Cindy Starr, the girl who would become his wife. But that same summer, Cindy s sister, Laura, was brutally murdered. The police suspected a vagrant of committing the crime, but Stride and Cindy were both convinced that the killer was someone close to Laura. Thirty years later, Laura s best friend, Tish Verdure, returns to Duluth to write a book about Laura s death. Tish knows secrets about Cindy that leave Stride questioning his entire past.