There is something very special about Agnès Morel. A quietpresence in the small French town of Chartres, she can be found cleaning thefamed medieval cathedral each morning and doing odd jobs for the townspeople.No one knows where she came from or why. Not Abbé Paul, who discovered her onemorning twenty years ago, sleeping on the north porch, and not Alain Fleury,the irreverent young restorer who works alongside her each day—and whoseattention she catches with her tawny eyes and elusive manner. She has transformedeach of their lives in her own subtle way, yet no one suspects the dark secretAgnès is hiding.
When an accidental encounter dredges up a series oftragic incidents from Agnès’ youth, the nasty meddling of town gossips threatensto upend the woman’s simple, peaceful life. Her story reveals a terrible loss,a case of mistaken identity, and a cruel and violent act that haunts her past. Agnèswrestles with her own sense of guilt and enduring heartbreak while the citizenspiece together the truth about her life.
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