Rafe Stone came back to Mississippi seeking justice and a house reputed to hold the secret to a fortune in Yankee gold. But the magnificent structure that began life as a one-room, French-Dominion log cabin and grew into an antebellum showcase south of Natchez has fallen into disrepair and into the hands of a savvy Mississippi City businessman by the name of Josephus Collander. The astute Collander has no use for the tax-draining piece of real estate; moreover, he needs to unburden himself of a recently acquired orphaned niece who, through no fault of her own, is wreaking havoc within his household. The house is not for sale, Collander tells the disappointed Rafe, but he can have it for nothing, if he will accept it as Delilah Graffís dowry.
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Rafeís desperation, coupled with Delilahís beauty, makes the decision, albeit a reckless one, easy. But what secret in the sirenís past would cause a seemingly kind and responsible kinsman to barter her to a stranger?
Tragedy, followed by a difficult childhood, has left Delilah jaundiced toward life, bitter toward men, and eager for the independence she is sure is coming. Instead, the financial support her beneficent Uncle Joe promised is suddenly forfeit, and he has called in his markers, compelling her to wed a man she does not know. Worse yet, her uncle doesnít appear to know much about the handsome Rafe Stone either. Adding to her discomfort, this Mr. Stone takes her to Natchez, a city where her name is synonymous with disgrace. There he moves her into a house rumored, over the course of its nearly two hundred years, to have hosted treason, robbery, adultery, and murder. A house still reputed to harbor the specter of a vicious killer.
And who is Rafe Stone, the man to whom she has sworn her troth and under whose roof she sleeps at night? A man, who claims to be a stranger to Mississippi, yet knows more about the ominously majestic Riverís Bend, and its past, than he should? What is his link to the dark legends haunting Riverís Bend and to the ghost walking its rambling halls? Is he the personification of her nightmare or an unbidden dream come true?
Mystery, suspense, romance, and history, dear reader. Enjoy this look back to the time when the memory of the Old South blossomed into legend.