Elena Waldren has kept a secret for twenty-nine years. Kept it from everyone - including herself. Then, when memories of her own past are stirred up by her fears for the safety of a young girl, she sets out on a desperate quest to uncover the truth she has hidden from for so long.
But desperate starts to become deadly when Elena's quest takes her across the Atlantic, and she discovers that the key to her past is deep in the heart of a powerful Montreal crime family: the Lacailles. The family is in bloody turmoil at the centre of which is Georges Donatien, a good man trapped by violence and deceit - and the last witness to a murder that could bring the Lacaille empire crashing down.
With time fast running out for Georges, Elena is horrified to discover that the key to her past might now be lost for ever . . .