Since his wife's death, world-famous author Ford Newcombe has lived a solitary life, void of creativity--or love. Then Jackie Maxwell tears down the walls of his isolated world with her sassy wit and fierce intelligence. Ford's heart is touched by his vivacious assistant--and his imagination sparked by her knowledge of a strange story that drives them to a small North Carolina town brimming with secrets. There, they will trace the mystery of a woman said to have loved the devil himself . . . and discover not only the truth about a crime from the past--but a passion that holds the promise of a new life together.