Patty Bigelow had finally gotten herself on her feet? bought a home, earned her RN, secured a good job in the ER. And that's when her wild-child sister Leila ran off with a trucker, leaving an eight-year-old daughter on Patty's doorstep. Patty prepares to shoulder the burden as she has so many others, but Tanya proves an unexpected handful. Bewildered, her reluctant guardian enlists the aid of child psychologist Alex Delaware. Fifteen years later, Tanya is a capable, high-strung young woman mourning the loss of her aunt. She's baffled by Patty's last words, a deathbed confession of murder: "One of the people who lived near us.