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.
Falling in love with Maxim de Winter, the nameless protagonist soon finds herself married, with the esteemed title of Mrs de Winter. Her new home of Manderly - a place she never thought she'd ever see with her own eyes - seems like a dream come true, but a shadow looms over the picturesque landscape. She's not the first to walk the dog, to sit at the writing desk, to arrange the flowers. Rebecca's presence taints everything and everyone; shoes that cannot be filled. Appearances can be deceiving however, as the new bride soon discovers.