October 1984, the New England hillsides are ablaze with red-gold autumn. Elizabeth is beginning her academic career and recently widowed Richard is stuck in the family business. They should be able to help each other, but their meeting strikes sparks and raises old ghosts, possibly even the ghost of Richard’s dead wife.
When Elizabeth finds an academic coup within her grasp for her thesis on the beloved American novelist Elswyth Thane, Richard stubbornly throws up barriers. But why? Rudyard Kipling, William Beebe, Charles Lindberg, Edna Ferber, and a host of celebrities from an age past fill the pages of Elswyth Thane’s letters, but where is Elizabeth to find clues to the mystery haunting Richard?