While resilience is often an acquired adaptation, for Sidnei Jewell it was innate. She survived a difficult upbringing by pluck and determination. An accomplished photojournalist and equestrian, she now leads a comfortable life with her husband, Logan. Though estranged from her parents, Sidnei feels an obligation to check on them by phone once a month.
When a health care case manager informs her that her parents are not doing well, Sidnei reluctantly stumbles into the world of elder care. There she finds that protocols, policies, funding freezes, assumptions, and notably her youngest brother, Garvan, continually trip the system. Even so, Sidnei sets aside her anguish over her parents’ plight to determine how she can best help them. As she does so, her dreams take her back to her childhood, in which secrets abounded. Soon she discovers that the evils her parents now experience may be payback from the universe for a lifetime of deceit. With Logan’s help, Sidnei must rely on her resources and convictions to navigate these new truths and to realize the strength of her own choices.
In this novel, a capable, resilient woman working to help her elderly parents learns that her family has long-hidden dark secrets, a revelation that shifts her view of her past.