Nan Lewis, a creative writing professor at a state university in upstate New York, is driving home from a faculty holiday party, upset because she’s just learned that she has been denied tenure, when she hits a deer. She walks into the woods but can’t find the animal and makes her way back home in a snowstorm, leaving her car at the bottom of her snowed-out driveway. It is the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, and the low point of Nan’s life.
The next morning, a police officer comes to the door and tells Nan that one of her students, Leia Dawson, has been killed in a hit-and-run on River Road. Because of the damage to her car, Nan is suspected of killing Leia. In the coming days, as local opinion focuses on Nan as the chief suspect, Nan finds herself reviled by the same community that rallied around her when her daughter was killed in a similar hit-and-run accident six years ago.
She begins receiving little “tokens” that make Nan believe the two accidents might be connected. And as she investigates further, she starts to learn that the people around her, including Leia Dawson, are hiding secrets she’ll have to uncover to clear her name and find out who really killed Leia…