Author: Mary Letts
The story begins when Julia returns to Spain, the country where she was born, for her mother's funeral. Although she was hoping to close the door on her difficult childhood and problematic relationship with her mother, she is forced to revisit these early memories when a skeleton is unearthed on the border of her mother's land. The ensuing homicide investigation involves not just Julia but also other inhabitants of the Spanish mountain village, and forces Julia to hire a lawyer to defend her mother's name. As the investigation proceeds, however, her relationship with the lawyer becomes increasingly complex.