John Waters is a successful petroleum geologist with the perfect family. Then one day his world is turned inside out by a single word spoken from the lips of the stunning Eve Sumner. One solitary word that takes him back a decade to another woman and the most passionate of affairs. Mallory Candler was the quintessential Southern Belle. But her captivating beauty and intelligence hid a dark side that John Waters couldn't handle. Mallory loved John with a deep seething passion that threatened to destroy them both, and despite his infatuation he ended their affair. Sometime later her body was found raped and murdered on a New Orleans pier. When John and Eve meet two days later at a cocktail party her parting gesture is a slight squeeze of his hand and the words "You weren't wrong about what I said; it's me John." His blood runs cold. How does Eve Sumner know so many secrets about his past with Mallory Candler? Was their first meeting cleverly orchestrated or simply fate?--This text refers to the Paperback edition.