Celia Browning dreams of the day when her childhood sweetheart, Sutton Mackay, comes home to Savannah after two years in Jamaica managing his family's shipping interests. Sutton has all but proposed, and their marriage will unite two of the city's most prominent families. But just as Sutton returns, a newspaper reporter arrives in town, determined to pry into twin tragedies that took place at the Browning mansion on Madison Square when Celia was a child. The unsavory journalist continues to unearth the Browning family's dark past, and Celia begins to receive threatening anonymous notes, along with a bracelet imbued with a chilling message. As the clouds of war gather over Savannah and her beloved father's health worsens, Celia realizes that her family's past has the power to destroy her future and decides to uncover the truth about what really happened all those years ago.