Melody Logan knew her beautiful mother, Haille, was unhappy in their blue-collar mining town, but with her father's unwavering love, Melody always felt safe - until a terrible mining accident ripped her from her family's moorings.
Still devastated by her father's death, Melody leaves West Virginia with her mother to follow Haille's dreams of becoming a model or actress.
But first they make a stopover in Cape Cod to visit Melody's father's family for the first time.
Melody knows only that her grandparents disowned her father when he married her mother - but now, moments after Melody first sets eyes on her dour, Bible-spouting Uncle Jacob, nervous Aunt Sara, and her cousins, handsome Cary, whose twin sister Laura has been killed in a sailing accident, and sweet, deaf little May, Haille announces that Melody is going to live with them.
Sleeping in her dead cousin Laura's room, Melody knows nothing of the dark deceptions that are soon to surface, the sad, shocking truth about her parents - and the devastating betrayals that she is about to face.