Siblings Jack and Jaz Donaldson just want to be regular kids. But one evening, after fourteen-year-old Jack protects his younger sister during an argument with another girl, the two suddenly realize that they are not regular at all. Soon, they share a dark secret between them—a secret so shocking that it has the potential to destroy their affluent family.
Jack and Jaz’s well-meaning parents have no idea what effect their own actions and, sadly, inactions have wrought. As Jack and Jaz continue on their coming-of-age journeys and experience life-changing moments, the confidence only they share is never compromised, yielding at least the appearance of a normal life. But decades later, their worlds are about to be turned upside down as separate tragedies strike each of them. With their unforgettable secret still lurking beneath the surface, neither knows whether these shattering events will finally allow them to be free or whether they both must somehow find comfort in living with the deception—forever.
Now nearly fifty years later, Jack and Jaz must decide if it is truly possible to escape the debilitating burden of their scandalous secret or if they have no choice but to take it to the grave with them.
Stanford law student Brian Deiritz has it all—money, a talented fiancée, and a bright future—until he vanishes in his hometown of San Francisco one month before the wedding. The police and his family wonder if it’s suicide, murder, or kidnapping. But his bride-to-be, Hope Day, thinks he just might be walking out on his commitment to her.Distraught after the police question her, Hope flees to Germany, where she and Brian were supposed to honeymoon. She prays against all odds that her betrothed will be waiting for her, but it is not to be. Meanwhile, Vic, who is Hope’s best friend and Brian’s sister, launches her own search for her missing brother in San Francisco. Ironically, she becomes a whiz at being a grieving sister, investigator, ex-lover, and new lover all at once. Searching for the truth behind Brian’s disappearance, Hope and Vic find themselves separated by half a world and enmeshed in events that occurred six decades ago, during World War II. Their letters, filled with updates on their discoveries, start flying back and forth from Bavaria to California. Will their determination and love for Brian help them find him and the answers to their mystery?