When Beth Gunner begins teaching English at her high school alma mater, she must confront a haunting secret from her past. Beth's return to Delaware's Seaton Preparatory Academy fills her with both nostalgia and trepidation. Since her graduation two decades ago, very little has changed—including her irrational fear of failure. Despite her first day’s nervous exhaustion, Beth settles into a manageable routine that includes regular conversations with a gifted loner. And then her high school sweetheart calls with a clue to the tragic mystery that has disturbed her since that fateful night so long ago.