When Mattie is given letters by a guest at the hotel where she works, she promises to burn them. When that guest is found dead, presumed drowned, in the lake the next day, Mattie has to think hard about her promise. But Mattie has problems of her own as she is growing up and must decide on her future. Will she fulfill her dream of becoming a writer or will she settle for married life in the small rural community in which she has always lived. A fascinating story based on the murder that rocked turn-of-the-century America.
Recommended age: 15+.