Born in France to an American mother and a Canadian father, Michele Phoenix is an international writer with multi-cultural sensitivities. A graduate of Wheaton College, she taught writing, music, and theater at the boarding school for missionaries' children she attended as a teenager. She currently works for Global Outreach Mission as an advocate for Third Culture Kids, helping them transition back into North American culture and educating stateside churches and missions about the special needs of this people group.
When, under staggering circumstances, Shelby becomes a single mother to four-year-old Shayla, her carefully managed world begins to fall apart. In a drastic attempt to escape her own violent childhood, Shelby moves to Germany, but quickly discovers how intimately linked memory and healing are --- and how honestly she must scrutinize her past in order to aspire to a richer future.
When Marshall Becker arrives in Lamorlaye, France, to begin the massive renovation of a Renaissance-era castle, he unearths a dark World War II history few in the village remember. The project that was meant to provide an escape for Becker instead becomes a gripping glimpse into the human drama that unfolded during the Nazi occupation and seems to live on in midnight disturbances and bizarre acts of vandalism.