The story, presented as Ada’s confession to Virgil Holt, the local sheriff who has arrested her for the murder of her husband, begins in 1892, the year she leaves home and continues to their present time, 1905. The sheriff, Virgil, believes that “Arden” has magical powers that can heal his injuries if he can convince her to do it. He wants to trade her freedom for his cure.
The reader will be left wondering about many elements of the story. Some of the scenes will seem contrived and require the suspension of disbelief. Could Ada really help Virgil? Is her story believable? What is the magician’s real lie? After you read it, you may continue to wonder about many elements of the story, but you will not wonder about whether or not you enjoyed it. That will be a given.
Ada tells her story slowly, reeling in the reader completely. Like Ada, the reader will be a captive until the final page as the many character’s lives converge.