California girl Emma Ayers' life has just been shaken by sudden tragedy. On top of losing everything, she's also been forced to move across the country to Charleston, South Carolina. Emma now lives in the infamous South-of-Broad section of the city, surrounded by old money and even older mystery. It's a universe away from her normal teenage life and not just because of distance. Charleston holds its share of secrets, and Emma seems to be part of the biggest one of all.
"A Small Part of a Bigger Secret!"
Addison McCurtis has been visiting her grandma here in "The Rut" her entire life. But this summer is different; Addie's grandma is sick. Addie and her wanderlust-afflicted mother are called back home to help with her care. But unlike trips of the past, this one lays the foundation for something Addie has never had: a permanent zip code. With the summer days stretched ahead of her, Addie befriends the girls of the Rut....
Emma Ayers has lived a lifetime's worth of intrigue in less than a week. Now that she has been introduced to the mystical realm of the Belles, she has to sort out what her purpose is in the midst of her new world.
In a place where things as ordinary as trees and glasses of water hold unimaginable power, Emma Ayers will find herself face to face with the Lowcountry's terrible history, stunning natural beauty, and secrets that outnumber even her never-ending questions.