No one in Sharon's family will discuss the adoption, so she begins her own search for the truth. Her quest takes her deep into Indian country, to the Flathead Reservation in Montana. When her birth mother is critically injured in a hit-and-run accident, Sharon begins to understand that her search has caused a resurgence of old hatreds and fueled present-day violence.
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In the aftermath of her father's funeral Sharon McCone is in her father's house; the home she grew up in. While sorting through the detritus of his life she finds adoption papers with her birth date; suddenly everything she thought she knew has changed. When confronted; her adoptive mother acts as if she's making a big deal out of nothing. Talking with other relatives provides little elucidation. So McCone decides to do what she does best; investigate. From one of the biggest ranches in California to a ghost town to the Shoshone Reservation McCone chases her origins. The title is established when her longtime lover Hy Ripinsky advises her not to listen to just the words; but to the silences between the words. In doing so McCone to her disappointment; finds a father and not long afterwards she discovers her mother in the hospital; a victim of a hit and run. She discovers more about her origins and a father who she's more pleased with. Along with that she unearths the truth of a forty year old murder; and realizes that her parents are the people who raised her.
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