A woman stumbles onto a dark road in rural Oregon–tortured, battered, and bound. She tells a horrific story about being kidnapped, then tortured, until she finally managed to escape. She was the lucky one–two other women, with similar burns and bruises, were found dead.
The surviving victim identifies the house where she was held captive and the owner, Alex Mason–a prominent local attorney–is arrested. Although he loudly insists upon his innocence, his wife’s statements about his sexual sadism and the physical evidence found at the scene, his summer home, is damning.
Regina Barrister is a legendary criminal defense attorney, known as “The Sorceress” for her courtroom victories. But she’s got a secret, one that threatens her skill, her reputation, and, most of all, her clients. And she’s agreed to take on the seemingly impossible task of defending Alex Mason.
Robin Lockwood, a young lawyer and former MMA fighter, has just left a clerkship at the Oregon Supreme Court to work for Regina Barrister. The Alex Mason trial is her first big one, a likely death penalty case, and she’s second chair to Regina. Increasingly, she’s worried her boss’s behavior and the details in the case against their client don’t quite add up.
Months apart, Tom and Caroline Johnson committed suicide, one seemingly unable to live without the other. Their adult daughter, Anna, is struggling to come to terms with her parents’ deaths, unable to comprehend why they chose to end their lives without so much as a goodbye.
Now with a young baby herself, she starts to question her parents’ deaths after receiving an anonymous note suggesting that their deaths weren’t suicides. What Anna doesn’t know is that by digging up their past, she’s putting her future in danger. Someone is trying to stop her. She soon learns that nothing is as it seemed, and that maybe it’s better to let things lie…
Up and coming artist Emma has a past, and that past has affected her work, though no one knows about it. Fifteen years ago, she attended summer camp at Camp Nightingale. She made friends with the other girls in her cabin, Vivian, Natalie, and Allison, even though they were three years older than she was. When Emma wakes up one morning and the three girls are missing, panic sets in at the camp. The last Emma saw of them, they were sneaking out of the cabin and Vivian was telling Emma to keep quiet. The girls were never found, and the camp closed its doors for good.
Now, fifteen years later, Emma’s paintings each secretly contain the three missing girls hidden behind trees and branches. At an art exhibit, Emma is contacted by Franny, the rich owner of the camp, who says she’s opening the camp once again, and wants Emma to come back as an art instructor. In this, Emma sees an opportunity to try to find out what really happened to her friends.
After returning to the camp, Emma quickly realizes that something is off when she discovers a security camera pointed directly at her cabin, and worse, finds cryptic clues Vivian left behind about the camp’s history. As Emma digs deeper to uncover the truth about what happened all those years ago, she realizes the truth may come at a deadly price.
After losing his wife, Tom needs a replacement. He is, after all, second in command of the New Hope church, and it wouldn’t do well to remain single. After a chance encounter on the street and a second meeting at a bar, Tom thinks he’s found his perfect trophy wife. He quickly marries the young, beautiful, Melanie, and is sure he can mold her into the perfect stepford wife. Little does he know, Mel is a liar. She has a past that she’s kept hidden from him, and when it comes out, his world is shaken. Can he move forward with Mel, or does she need to be disposed of?
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Twelve years ago, Finn and his girlfriend Layla were on vacation when Layla disappeared at a rest stop. She’s never been found, despite the ongoing efforts of the local police. Now, Finn is engaged…to Layla’s sister. Shortly after their engagement announcement went out in the paper, Finn started receiving mysterious Russian nesting dolls, which were significant to Layla. Not many people knew about Layla’s history with Russian dolls, so Finn is automatically suspicious.
The appearance of the Russian dolls has set both Finn and his fiancée Ellen on edge. Ellen is hopeful that Layla is alive, while Finn is more skeptical, because something more happened the night she disappeared…something he didn’t tell the police.
A year ago, an explosion in a Chicago building took the lives of more than 500 people, and injured thousands more, and the lives of three particular women are altered permanently.
As the one year anniversary approaches, Cecily is morning not just the loss of her husband, but also of her best friend. She was supposed to be in the building at the time of the explosion, but was running late and instead witnessed the aftermath from the street.
Kate, ran from the scene of the explosion and is hoping that her past won’t catch up with her, and Franny, a young woman in search of her birth mother, watched the horror unfold on the morning news, knowing that the woman she was so desperate to reconnect with was in the building.
To honor the anniversary, a documentary is being made, but each of the women have something to hide, and are desperately hoping that their secrets remain hidden.