Long Island single mom Jane Hartley is frantic when her 16-year-old daughter, Kelly, a survivor of childhood leukemia, disappears from her bedroom one night. To Jane's frustration, the police believe that Kelly ran off willingly with her boyfriend, Seth. Unaware that her daughter even had a boyfriend, Jane soon discovers that Seth is no boy. He is an adult: a man who, after meeting Kelly on MySpace.com, took the teenager on one thrill-seeking ride after another.
No parent believes it can happen to them, their child taken from a suburban schoolyard in the gentle hours of dusk. But as widowed mother Kate Bickford discovers, everything can change in the blink of an eye. One minute her lanky, amazing, maddening Tommy is begging for ice cream. Then in a terrible instant, he's gone.
In a small New York town, a deranged man holds over one hundred schoolchildren hostage. With the SWAT team about to go in, the gymnasium suddenly explodes in flames. Fortunately, all the students escape...except 10-year-old Noah Corbin. Noah's mother, Haley, is frantic. Was her son killed in the explosion? Did he somehow wander away from the scene, hurt and confused?
For the parents whose children have been taken, for the broken lives we piece back together one relentless investigation at a time, our town house is a sanctuary. My name is Alice Crane. I'm just one of a talented team working for Naomi Nantz, the brilliant and very private detective.