When novelist Celia Hagen steps away from her train compartment, her seven-year-old adopted son, Benny, vanishes. Police search the train and Saint-Corbenay, the village in the South of France that mother and son were passing through. But there is no sign of Benny. After days of waiting at home for news, a ransom call, something, Celia returns to Saint-Corbenay against the advice of everyone, including her beloved, Benicio.
The little town is picturesque, but disturbing rumors abound. As dark secrets emerge, it seems that no one — not even Benicio or the brooding detective leading the case — is above suspicion. Celia thought she had seen it all, but nothing could prepare her for where her search will lead.
In the follow-up to Audrey Braun’s bestselling debut, A Small Fortune, Celia discovers just how quickly everything she loves can spiral toward a life — and death — that no one could have seen coming.