The story begins in the early 1980s in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and plays out over the next quarter century. Camille Wentworth Molineau is at the apex of Baton Rouge society; and with her ambitious husband Mitch, she plans to leave her mark. Camille, on the surface, seems to have it all. She comes from old money, her husband is a successful developer, and she has four children any parent would be proud of. Camille lives, on a cul-de-sac, in a palace of a mansion, in the most exclusive gated community in the state. She is feared or envied by most in her social circle.
For as good as Camille has it, the reader soon finds out her success has come at a cost. One thing I learned from an early age about cul-de-sac living was the only way out of one was to back down or move in a circle. After all, a cul-de-sac is nothing more than a fancy word for a dead end. Camille finds herself backed into a corner almost from the beginning, as the one foil in her life, Irene Murphy moves in next door. Irene, at one time, was Camille’s best friend and she is married to Camille’s high school sweetheart. The drama is built in.
This tale will take the reader through many twists and turns as Camille and her children find their way through life’s pitfalls, mysteries and surprises. This is a tale of the legacies the three families on a cul-de-sac eventually weave together over a quarter century. Although Camille tries to weave her own legacy, she cannot escape the fact she is only one thread of a complex family quilt.