From the Back Cover
It had been just two weeks since she received her grandmother's journal in the mail and an urgent letter from her mother asking her to come home. Her refusal was fresh in her mind when Virginia Kate received the phone call from her uncle with news of her mother's death.
Filled with remorse, and carrying her grandmother's journal with her mother's notes in the margins, Virginia heads back to the Appalachian hollow where she was born -- the place she had hoped never to see again. There, Virginia Kate Carey, the daughter of a beautiful mountain wild-child and a slick, Shakespeare-quoting salesman, relives her turbulent childhood and the pain of her mother's betrayals. Haunted by ghosts and buried family secrets, she struggles to reconcile three generations of her family's lost innocence.