Sometimes the dead come back to speak. Eleven years ago, a body was found days after a woman calling herself Charlene Browner checked into a motel. No possessions. No cause of death. No next of kin. It is almost as though she'd never existed. A strange accident on a lonely road launches Sheriff August Melville on a journey into Canyon County's past. Charlene was on the run -- but from what? As Melville delves deeper into the cold case, he discovers a sinister connection. The past isn't really gone. It's merely prelude for what's to come. Can Melville solve the case? Or will he meet the same fate as Charlene years before?