Headmaster Elliot Barrow has secrets. Because of a tragic incident at his progressive school for Native American children in Oregon, he lies in a coma. Only his friend and rival, Cal, can discover why Elliot is so determined to live: those burdensome secrets, which are tantalizingly personal, and reach into America's dark political past. All Elliot has ever told his devoted 16-year-old daughter about her childhood is that her mother is dead. But Amelia senses there's much more lurking in the shadows.... Elliot's first wife, Helen, has come to the school to direct Shakespeare's The Tempest. She brings with her myriad secrets about the shocking connections between them all. Meanwhile, on an ordinary Connecticut day, 17-year-old Willa overhears her mother sobbing. When Willa decides to discover why, she has no idea she'll travel over 3000 miles to Elliot Barrow's Oregon. She doesn't know that she and her family will be shattered by what the truth reveals....