"What is the truth? Truth Blackburn's father thought he knew what it was. Thorne Blackburn & his followers settled at Shadow's Gate, a magnificent old house in upstate New York, & sought the Truth about life through ritual & magic. One night, something went badly wrong during Thorne's most powerful ceremony. When the chaos had passed, Thorne had vanished, & Katherine, mother of Thorne's young daughter Truth, was dead.
Thirty years later, Truth Blackburn searches for smaller truths: What really happened that night at Shadow's Gate? Did Thorne truly have magical powers? And what happened to her half-siblings, a boy & girl Truth last saw that horrible night when her mother died?"