What would you do if you inherited a century’s worth of mysteries?
On the morning of her birthday, Emma awakens from a joyous dream of flying over a beautiful seaside landscape. But dreaming is as close as she has ever come to the happiness she longs for. Devastated by childlessness and divorce, she is isolated and deeply depressed. Then on that fateful birthday a mysterious package arrives. Inside is a photograph straight out of her dream, a packet of… tea? And a letter addressed to her, yet signed with her name: Emma Rae Wright. Add to that a phone call from a lawyer in California who informs her of an inheritance from an unknown relative, and Emma is catapulted into a journey across country and across decades.
How does a confirmed recluse juggle attractive men, priceless Russian jewels, ageless missing relatives, secret journals, and herbal concoctions that have rather curious healing properties? From her dingy Michigan apartment to shadow-dappled redwood forests, from a dead-end job to a partnership in an exotic and unusual company, Emma’s life gets tangled beyond recognition. And just when it seems that one more straw might break her, she has a close encounter with a giant tree in an ancient and mystical wood, changing the boundaries of her reality forever.
Caught between the need to make sense of ever more baffling circumstances, and an irresistible pull into a whole new world, Emma must choose her path. Will she succumb to the influence of her smothering inner introvert, or will she take on the extraordinary legacy left behind by a woman who disappeared without a whisper over ninety years ago?