Imagine embracing your mother one day, then having no memory of her 24 hours later …
That’s how thirteen year old Marie’s story begins in the spring of 1968. Each day her father, James, visits his wife’s empty grave, convinced she was the victim of a vicious bear attack. Marie’s memory impairment forces him to endure his grief silently, constantly reliving the horrifying incident – his wife literally torn from his daughter’s arms, with no trace of her ever found.
But this strange disappearance is only too common within the 220 square-mile tract of bewitched woodland they live next to, known locally as Spellhollow Wood – the last remaining ancient growth forest in all of North America. Even now in 2013, it is a place tucked away in obscurity.
And of course there was no bear attack. With the aid of a mysterious boy, Perion, and a homeless girl named Courinn, Marie discovers the truth about the mother she has no memory of.