Seneca Falls librarian Glynis Tryon finds herself involved with helping slaves escape to freedom on the Underground Railroad in 1854. When she investigates the mysterious death of a freed slave, a terrible secret from the past is unearthed. She must travel to Richmond, Virginia, where an exciting court room trial reveals the root of the scandalous secret. The opening night of Shakespeare's MacBeth in Seneca Falls' new theater exposes the killer after a deadly chase.
In 1854, six years after her adventures with Elizabeth Cady Stanton described in Seneca Falls Inheritance , librarian Glynis Tryon returns for a suspense-filled adventure based on the northward escape of fugitive slaves. Women's rights' advocate Glynis rejects the marriage proposal of her friend Constable Cullen Stuart, who leaves Seneca Falls, N.Y., to join the Pinkertons. Missing him, she busies herself in the planning of the town's new theater and the upcoming campaign for state assembly of a banker who favors women's rights. She is puzzled by both the recent suspicious death of a freed slave from Virginia and the murder of a slave-catcher who was last seen with a woman from the theater group. Then Niles, her landlady's son, returns from Virginia to announce his plans to marry Kiri, a slave whom he has convinced to run away. Glynis's role in helping Kiri farther along the Underground Railroad and her observations at Niles's trial in Virginia for abetting the slave's escape mesh seamlessly with details of the librarian's personal life in this intricately plotted, historically vivid, thoroughly satisfying mystery.