Lottie Braun is a world-class pianist with a celebrated career and an empty personal life. Why does she guard her privacy with such vigilance? And what kind of tragedy has separated her from her sister for forty years? One sleepless night Lottie lets herself remember. From her happy Iowa childhood, to Chicago, New York and beyond, Lottie journeys through her life to the moment it changes forever. But Lottie finds that memories, once allowed, are difficult to suppress. Can she make peace with the past? And will she ever find her way home?
After forty years as a world class musician, Lottie has come home to Iowa, where a lovely old house and a new job await. Grateful for this fresh start, she sets out to show the town of Collison that there’s an approachable side to The Great Lottie Braun.
Nobody thinks she’ll stay: Not the surly young neighbor whose garage band plays late into the night. Not the stoic contractor who agrees to build Lottie a music room. Certainly not Lottie’s angry niece, who refuses to move her belongings out of the house.
Lottie is determined to prove them all wrong—and then the trouble starts. At first she shrugs off the incidents as random petty crimes, but as they increase in intensity, she must face the fact that someone wants to hurt her.