Luisa “Lu” Brant is the newly elected state’s attorney for suburban Baltimore, including the planned community of Columbia, Maryland. Her father, now retired, held that post for many years, and Lu, recently widowed, and her twins, live with him in their childhood home. Columbia was intended to be a model community, allowing for the peaceful mingling of races and social classes, but we soon learn it was anything but that. The central mystery explored is what actually happened on a night in 1980 when her brother, AJ, and his friends were involved in an incident which resulted in the death of one young man and the paralysis of another. But the central theme of this well written novel is how different the world looks from the vantage point of adulthood, and the effects of secrets kept hidden and revealed.