In this lyrically written mystery a woman appears in a small town in 1926 to teach art at a private school. Henry, the narrator, now an old man, as a schoolboy becomes enthralled with Miss Channing, a romantic figure who has travelled the world. What follows is forbidden romance, tragic death, and misplaced blame. Darkly tragic, the author continually throws tidbits of foreshadowing to the reader that keeps you turning pages. The story is tragic for all involved but especially for Henry who, instead of learning of the redemption love can provide, forever rejects it and ends up living a cold and lonely life.