Ten a long time in the past, Izzy Stone’s mother fatally shot her father though he slept. Devastated by her mother’s clear madness, Izzy, now seventeen, refuses to visit her in jail. But her new foster dad and mom, personnel at the area museum, have enlisted Izzy’s enable in cataloguing merchandise at a lengthy-shuttered condition asylum. There, amid piles of deserted belongings, Izzy discovers a stack of unopened letters, a decades-outdated journal, and a window into her individual previous.
Clara Cartwright, eighteen a long time outdated in 1929, is caught concerning her overbearing dad and mom and her really like for an Italian immigrant. Furious when she rejects an arranged relationship, Clara’s father sends her to a genteel home for anxious invalids. But when his fortune is shed in the inventory market crash, he can no for a longer time manage her care—and Clara is committed to the general public asylum. Even as Izzy bargains with the troubles of nevertheless a further new starting, Clara’s story retains drawing her into the previous. If Clara was never ever seriously mentally ill, could a thing else clarify her individual mother’s violent act? Piecing with each other Clara’s fate compels Izzy to re-examine her individual choices—with surprising and surprising benefits.