Berkley, Dec 2004, 6.99, 368 pp.
Mountain Bend, California elementary school principal Craig Weston calls Tess Carson at her New York City Supplies & Sales office to tell her that her sister Tori failed to pick up her daughter seven years old Caitlin. Rather than see her niece in a foster facility, Tess, used to her sister's failures, flies to California to take care of Caitlin.
There she learns that Sheriff Smith suspects her sister stole money from her employer, Craig's father, rancher Frank Weston, who just died in an apparent tractor accident. Making matters worse as she tries to comfort Caitly, Tess is attracted to Craig's brother, former Hollywood superstar Grant, who has had his choice of beauties but desires Tess too. As Tess has visions of the past that she feels is tied to her missing sister, neither she nor Grant is aware of the dangers lurking in this remote mountain town from an unidentified assailant with sinister plans who already killed Frank.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner