In the deep alluring south, adopted twenty-three year old, Jennifer Landon Kennedy, a nurse, is satisfying a profound yearning by returning to the town of her biological birth and of her dead parents. It turned out to be a lovely southern town, rich in history, with gracious beautiful homes. It is not her intention to become involved with the people who live there, but when Jenny innocently asks questions about the name of Landon, she opens a can of worms spilling well-kept secrets, as well as arousing a batch of uncertainties and jealousies.
First, Diane the court clerk, becomes skeptical and suspicious leading to her targeting Jenny in a sinister plot. Then the ministers, the police, and the fire Marshall and his wife, Walter and Martha Bloom who can finally unburden their soul. Lastly Seth, with whom a mutual attraction develops when she meets him accidently and ultimately frees him of his past.
As she weighs her discoveries, she realizes people are frightening her and creating an air of distrust surrounding her parents' death. When Diane attempts to kill her, she is ready to flee back home to the sanctuary of her adopted parents.
The fire siren wailing in the night brings the final pieces of her developing puzzle together. As Jenny plunges ahead into the flames, what mysteries will she uncover about her dead parents, of Diane and Seth? Will reservations and doubts remain or will there be resolution?