Jack "Mac" McCrae is about to retire. Without children or any family, he looks back over his career and his life and finds himself wondering what, if any, impact he's had on this world. Then a young woman reappears with a photograph of her mother - and his old lover - and an unknown child that might be her sister and his daughter.
Mac agrees to accompany her to a small town in Oregon to get to the bottom of this mystery. Who is the little girl in the photograph? Is she his daughter? And where is she now?
But Mac discovers that no one in this small town wants to answer or even acknowledge these questions. He will have to find a way to overcome the stranglehold that the Tate family has on the town and work his way to the truth about who the little girl is, even if it kills him.