Penelope Ann Davis suffers a childhood of abuse at the hands of her older brother before she runs away on graduation night. She escapes on a bus headed north from her home in Atlanta and ends up on a mountain farm in southern West Virginia. There she establishes a happy, contented life as Stella for the next three decades. Then, out of the blue, her brother shows up in front of her church and her life starts to unravel: church money goes missing, her best friend is found dead, and a new church member is in desperate financial straits. Her brother discovers her identity and she faces imminent danger. Underlying the action is wry mountain humor and a tender love story between Stella and an Alaskan Inupiaq man with some mysterious circumstances of his own.
About the Author
Crabtree taught and coached in remote Alaska villages where she experienced Arctic cultures and activities prior to retiring to rural West Virginia.