Nineteen-year-old Ruthie finds herself lost when her mother disappears without a trace. Now responsible for her sister's care, Ruthie struggles to be the grown-up, especially when the discovery of Sara Harrison Shea's diary opens up a world of the dead coming back to life. Unable to stop the secrets from coming to light, Ruthie's determination to find her mother leads her to dangerous places.
US Marshal Virgil Bone finds himself amongst the Isle's isolated community - a community that shares a horrific past that still taints their daily life. Mistrusted and clearly unwelcome from the onset, Bone struggles to do his job, which was supposed to be the simple collection of a fugitive's dead body. Now he's stranded, surrounded by secrets and a rising death toll. If only he wasn't met with aggression, then maybe he could help save lives.
James is ecstatic to be able to return home and spend summer with his father; the loss of his old life when his parents were still together has left a hole in his heart. Now back amongst friends and discovering what could be love, James's life couldn't get any better. That is, until his father starts behaving strangely in front of the window.