Joanie, a struggling college student, inherits a Christmas tree from her great-aunt, who was very wealthy. Joanie would have preferred money to pay for tuition and books. The tree is ratty and ugly. Joanie and her mama decide to put the tree up for Christmas this year, and then throw it away. The tree will not let Joanie, her mama, or her mama’s boyfriend string new lights on it. Every time they try, the lights explode.
Having led a sheltered life - except for a major trauma - 23-year-old Belinda easily falls in love with the handsome, suave Adam. He talks her into running a scam. An extremely wealthy woman is dying and wants to find her granddaughter, who disappeared at three years old. Belinda agrees to pretend to be Kathy, the granddaughter, but while exploring the mansion she has flashbacks and wonders if she really is Kathy.
Billy is eight years old. He has had many hardships in his life. His mama died giving him life; his dad had a hard time coping and started drinking. Out of desperation, his dad marries Rose, hoping to have a mother for his son. Rose is very abusive to Billy and fights constantly with his dad. During a camping trip that was planned to bring the family together, the fighting becomes intense. Billy packs up his tent in the middle of the night and runs away, hiking through the hills of Tennessee.
Ramona, a battered wife, plans to kill her husband and make it look like an accident. After his death, while going through his belongings, she finds papers he has written that make no sense. When her mama commits suicide, she finds her mama's diaries. The diaries begin just before Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. Ramona is amazed at what she learns about her mama, the sheriff, and the whole town of Addison, Georgia, where she lives.
The year is now 3037. Men have become sterile, so there are no more babies being born. Man is in danger of becoming extinct. Ashley dies of a heart attack in 1973 and is reincarnated in 3037, where she meets Joe, her soul mate. It isn't supposed to happen, but she remembers her former life. Wanting to help her, Joe takes her to a cave he has discovered outside of town. In the cave lives a wise old woman named Irene, who has been reincarnated many times.
Growing up in Hollywood, and raised by a nanny, Brian never felt as if he belonged. He joins the army and becomes fast friends with Jeff who is later killed in action. As Jeff is dying, he asks Brian for a promise: "When you get back to the states, got to Satsuma, Florida, find Molly and help her run Hermit's Cove. Take care of her." Brian arrives home to find his dad dead and his mother demanding that he stay home and help her save the mansion. Brian is determined to fulfill his promise to Jeff and heads for Florida.
Someone is terrorizing the people on the beach. Sarah James lives in a condo on the beach and owns a boutique close by. Her boyfriend, Robert Kola, is the sheriff of Monroe Beach. He is worried about Sarah and wants her to move in with him so he can protect her. She refuses. Things are happening to her that she can't explain. She receives merchandise for her shop that she doesn't remember ordering. Someone who smokes has put mileage on her car.
When Amy's husband divorces her and files for bankruptcy, she needs to find a job. She can't believe her luck when a prominent psychiatrist hires her to take his six-year-old daughter, Jenny, on a train to spend the summer with her grandparents. Before they arrive in Florida, Jenny is missing. The FBI questions Amy and threaten to arrest her. The psychiatrist who hired her accuses her of kidnapping his daughter. No one believes her. She wonders if she is losing her mind.
Judith McCain returns to Monroe Beach to help Sarah James, who sees women standing behind her in her mirror, that turn up dead on the beach. Sarah dreams of the killer but can't make out his face. Then she sees herself behind her image in the mirror and fears for her life. Judith is called upon by the FBI to profile a killer who rapes his victims, dresses them in a white robe, and then drowns them. Although she has no problem profiling the killer, Judith feels she is in over her head when it comes to helping Sarah.
Jupiter, the psychopath from Portrait on Wicker, has escaped the institution for the criminally insane and is out for revenge against Judith McCain and Tracy Carr, who were responsible for putting Jupiter away. The convict's rap sheet lengthens with identity theft, kidnapping, and murder of a loved one. Being a former cop, Jupiter knows what the police will do next. Will Judith and Tracy have enough time to figure out what Jupiter wants?
Fleeing an abusive foster father, Vicky ends up in New Orleans and begins to uncover clues about her past, who she is, where she came from and what happened to her 13 years ago. When she is given a unique necklace she recognizes from a repeating dream, her life is in danger. The necklace also triggers her dreams to become more detailed giving her more clues. She will eventually learn the truth about what happened to her 13 years ago, but at what cost?
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In this sequel to Blood on White Wicker, Judith McCain is now a psychologist and returns to New Orleans in search of her missing sister, Julia, an artist. Judith uncovers a pedophile ring involving several judges and some upstanding pillars of the community, including her former foster father. The psychologist eventually teams up with her FBI friend, John Shepherd, the man who helped her remember her past when she was 16. They attempt to find a judge they can trust.
The cave is back and, once again, Ashley and Joe are exploring the universe. They get separated in a time warp after the cave has left them. When Ashley finds Joe, he is an old man in a rest home. Irene catches up with them and tells them they have to make a difficult choice. They make the right choice, and the cave comes back to take them on an unusual journey.