This is an easy read by Mark De Castrique  with historical reference to the Civil War and Carl Sandburg. Private detective Sam Blackman and his partner Nakayla follow a female suspect in a routine malpractice suit up a difficult mountain trail near Connemara in North Carolina. The suspect falls and Sam hurries to her side in time to hear her say "Wendy, it's the verses the Sandburg verses" before she dies. Their case should be over but when someone breaks into the victims home Sam and Nakayla decide to continue with the investigation on their own. They want to bring the killer to justice and protect the rights of the victim's 17 year old daughter Wendy.