Melanie Henderson's life is a lie. Scandal surrounds her birth, her life, her identity. A scandal that could rock her small, conservative Colorado town. Her birth mother was just 14, unmarried to her father, a local boy who drowned when he tried to take a shortcut across an icy river.
Will she learn the truth...?
Thirty-five years later, in Denver, Melanie dabbles in affairs with married men while clinging to a corporate job that gives her life order even as her tenuous relationships fall apart. She still hasn't learned that the woman who raised her is actually her aunt--or that her birth mother visits her almost every day.
This fiercely-guarded secret bonds the two most important women in her life, who hatched a plan to trade places and give Melanie a life unmarred by shame. Yet, as a forest fire rages through the Rocky Mountains and a car accident shakes the family, Melanie finds herself at the center of an unraveling tangle of tragedy and heartbreak.