Howard Marsee is a trial lawyer practicing in Orlando, Florida. He now serves as a mediator, arbitrator and special magistrate. He received his B.A. degree from the University of South Florida, where he participated in readers' theater and wrote news stories for WUSF radio. Before attending law school, he taught English and journalism, and during part of that time attended the University of Minnesota on a Wall Street Journal Fellowship. He obtained his law degree from the University of Florida and there served as Associate Editor of the Law Review. He is the author of various scholarly articles, short stories and poetry.
It is 1972 in southeastern Kentucky's coal country. Clay Dautry, a Los Angeles attorney, and Kentucky attorney Ellen Reames set out to solve two mysteries: how Ellen's client came to shoot a local restaurant owner, and why Clay's father shot a competing mine operator in 1929. Someone is killing to protect secrets hidden for forty years, and Clay and Ellen become targets of a deadly conspiracy.