Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small southern town of Gatlin has ever seen. Lena has wavy black hair with large green eyes. She wears a necklace made of pieces of junk and carries around a tattered journal. She is gossiped about, picked on and neglected because of the fact that she is the niece of Macon Melchizedek Ravenwood (Otherwise known as Old Man Ravenwood), the town’s shut in. Lena is struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps, and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten south, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.
Ethan Lawson Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape Gatlin, is haunted by dreams in which he is trying to save a beautiful girl he has never met. He has brown hair and blue eyes and lives with his care taker and house keeper Amarie „Amma” Treadeau and his depressed father who has shut himself in his study since his wife’s death. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
The two also find a locket, which is known to have been given to Genevieve Katherine Duchannes (Lena’s Descendant) by Ethan Carter Wate (Ethan’s Descendant). Interestingly, whenever Lena and Ethan touch the piece of jewellery, they see different visions. Each of the visions involve Genevieve and Ethan.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything…