When Marissa Fordham is found brutally murdered, the town of Oak Knoll is horrified. The body might not have been found for days but for a call to 911: a child's voice saying "Daddy hurt me". The police find Marissa on her kitchen floor, her body slashed and mutilated. With her is her four-year-old daughter, Haley, barely clinging to life herself. To protect their fragile witness, the police call in Anne Leone, child advocate. As soon as Anne sees little Haley, her heart is hers. It looks as if Marissa Fordham may take her secrets to the grave until one loose thread begins to unravel the shroud of lies to reveal a truth more terrible than anyone could have imagined.