Kimi's Obaachan, her grandmother, had always been a silent presence throughout her youth. Sipping tea by the fire or preparing sushi for the family, Obaachan was a missing link to Kimi's Japanese heritage, something she had a mixed relationship with all her life. Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, all Kimi ever wanted was to fit in, spurning traditional Japanese culture and her grandfather's attempts to teach her the language.
Yet one thing haunted Kimi--her gentle yet proud Obaachan was once a prisoner, along with 112,000 Japanese-Americans. Obaachan never spoke of those years. But what really happened to Obaachan, then a young woman, and the thousands of other men, women, and children, like her?
When Transom Shultz goes missing shortly after returning to his sleepy hometown of Fallen Mountains, Pennsylvania, his secrets are not the only ones that threaten to emerge. Red, the sheriff, is haunted by the possibility that a crime Transom was involved in seventeen years earlier―a crime Red secretly helped cover up―may somehow be linked to his disappearance. Possum, the victim of that crime, wants revenge. Laney will do anything to keep Transom quiet about the careless mistake they made that could jeopardize her budding relationship. And Chase, once a close friend, reels from Transom’s betrayal of buying his family’s farm under false pretenses and then logging it and leasing the mineral rights to Marcellus shale frackers. As the search for Transom Shultz heats up and the inhabitants’ dark and tangled histories unfold, each one must decide whether to live under the brutal weight of the past or try to move beyond it.