Sevi Norwood, a novice counselor hired to replace Ola Leonard, West Deerfield High School's recently deceased "perfect" guidance counselor, immediately gets into trouble with her eccentric principal. As he tries to force her into "virtual dismissal" by making her working conditions intolerable, she attempts to find allies on the faculty. She strikes up a friendship with an English teacher, whose husband, the previous principal, had mysteriously disappeared several years before Sevi's arrival.
When a former student commits suicide in front of the house where Sevi is living (which happens to be the same house the former counselor lived in), Sevi uncovers information which leads her to believe the former counselor may have once assisted in the still birth of an illegitimate child and buried the child's body in her own garden. When Sevi attempts to verify her suspicions, she uncovers a body, but not the body of an infant. How that body came to be in the counselor's garden, and what relationship it has to a missing newborn is up to Sevi to determine.
The review of this Book prepared by Betty Tesh