Nestled among the coastal hills just off the main roads of the Willamette Valley, the home territory of Bea Ellis has harbored a mystery for nearly half a century, the disappearance of Emma McMurty and her hired man. When Bea returns there after an absence, a date sewed into a historical quilt and the stubborn silence of it's seamstress, reopen an affair thata certain elements of the community would prefer to forget. Ransacking documents and confronting survivors, Bea is forced to revise her view of the community she once thought she knew. The final, conclusive evidence lies in the heart of the valley. Its unsettling truth presents her with an extraordinary legacy that she cannot deny.