Impetuous is not a word you'd use to describe Claire Bramany. She's steady and reliable--until an accident, in Brooklyn, in 1995, takes the life of her lover, Jessie Friedman. Claire's world implodes. Things get even worse when--while cleaning out Jessie's desk--Claire finds journals that tell long-buried secrets of Jessie's western girlhood. Jessie's account of Tulsa in 1944 appears innocent and playful. Jessie's days are peopled with quirky characters--especially Uncle Jimmy, an honest-to-goodness teenage hero back from war-torn Europe. He's Jessie's favorite--until he makes his move on his nine-year-old niece. No secrets. Secrets kill. This was the promise Claire and Jessie had made to each other long ago. But Claire has never heard of any Uncle Jimmy, much less any sexual violation. Shattered, yearning to reconnect with the Jessie she thought she knew, Claire heads out to Oklahoma. Are the journals true? If so, has Claire any other course than to avenge Jimmy's hideous crimes...?