A freak summer storm has Bay Tanner, sometime private investigator, cooped up with her ailing father at his antebellum mansion near Hilton Head. Desperate for a distraction, Bay recovers a cooler bobbing along on the incoming tide, never imagining the misery she will unleash when she discovers what's inside. Meanwhile, her investigation into the simple case of a runaway wife turns lethal. While the sheriff is eager to nail the wealthy, prominent husband for murder, Bay's instincts tell her there's more to the story. Time and again, every trail leads back to a mystical commune in the tangled backwoods of Beaufort County and to one of its leaders, a charismatic woman who believes in the real and malevolent power of curses. To find a killer, Bay must travel to the heart of this woman 's world - and not everyone will escape unscathed from Sanctuary Hill.
Kathryn R. Wall practiced accounting for twenty-five years in Ohio before retiring with her husband to Hilton Head, South Carolina.