Molley Moore is at the center of the action, which erupts when her abusive husband, Jack, scratches his arm while inspecting an old dresser in the tiny town of New Market, the self-acclaimed antique capital of Maryland, as the locals are quick to note. Twenty-four hours later he’s struggling to stay alive.
With Jack’s health failing, and no clue of the cause, Molley turns for help to her former lover, Navy commander Duke Sampson. Together, they trace the dresser to the idyllic mountain hamlet of Romney, West Virginia, and the late Alma Wilkins. In their quest, they encounter auctioneer and self-proclaimed "maestro" Joseph Veltri, who steers them to Alma’s enigmatic nephew, Nelson Twigg. From there, we’re introduced to the endearing Bill Enis, a reclusive mortician who may hold the key to Molley’s dilemma, and the ebullient former show girl, Ruby Strible, who’s hell-bent on turning every male head in Romney, including Duke’s.
As Molley probes Alma’s seemingly innocuous world, she inadvertently opens old wounds that’ll leave you wondering just who the real villains are.