Lauren Durough is a college student longing to break free of family expectations when she stumbles into a project for eighty year old Abigail Boyles-transcribing the journals of Mercy Hayworth, a 17th century victim of the Massachusetts witch trials. Almost immediately, Lauren finds herself drawn to the girl, Mercy, who lived and died four centuries ago. The strength of her affinity with Mercy forces Lauren to take a startling new look at her own life, including her relationships with the mysterious Abigail, her college roommate, and a young man named Raul. But on the way to discovering the candid truth, Lauren must earnestly ask if she is playing the role of helpless defendant or misguided judge? Can she break free from her own perceptions and recognize who she really is? In our high-pressure, success-oriented culture, readers will identify with Lauren's struggle to forge her own identity separate from the plan her family designed for her. Offering intrigue, romance, and heartbreaking drama, this contemporary novel with a historical twist conveys the intense beauty that emerges when we see how our stories affect the lives of others.