From the critically acclaimed writer of A DIFFERENT SUN, a Southern coming-of-age novel that sets three very different young people against the tumultuous years of the American civil rights movement. . . Tacker Hart left his home in North Carolina as a local high school football hero, but returns in disgrace after being fired from a prestigious architectural assignment in West Africa. Kate Monroe's parents have died, leaving her the family home. But a trove of disturbing letters sends her searching for the truth behind the comfortable life she's been bequeathed. On the same morning but at different moments, Tacker and Kate encounter a young African-American and their stories converge with his.