The quintessential writer of the Appalachian region weaves folklore and legend into a lyrical new novel of obsession and suspense
In 1832, an 18-year-old girl was charged with murdering her young husband.
In 1833, Frankie Silver became the first woman in the state of North Carolina to be hanged for murder.
But was she guilty?
More than one hundred years later, Tennessee Sheriff Spencer Arrowood is determined to reveal the truth behind unanswered questions. Obsessed by the story of Frankie Silver, Arrowood is investigating a case that has many parallels to the long ago murder. Lafayette "Fate" Harkryder, convicted of murdering a young couple hiking the Appalachian Trail, is scheduled to be executed, and Sheriff Arrowood has been summoned to be his witness. But is an innocent man about to die? The time is near and the executioner may yet carry out his solemn duty before Arrowood finds answers from the past that can save Fate Harkryder from Frankie Silver's tragic end.