In this novel, I have focussed on creating a balance where only two major characters are villains in this story: a doctor, and a preacher.  The rest of the community is in a town of prosperous, middle-class, law-abiding, African American citizens, especially men, who lovingly care for their elders, women, children, and each other.
Genre and Theme
     The genre is fictional suspense, and the major theme is abuse.  Minor themes are family, community, and addiction.
     The setting is in the fictional town of Eva Creek Island, located off the coast of Savannah, Georgia.  It is a Gullah/Geechee island.  Its sister town is the fictional town of Jewel Park, located in upstate New York.  Both places are from the author's imagination.
Major Characters
Treasure Fields Hawthorne is the narrator, married to Herald Hawthorne.  She is a high school history teacher.
Nathaniel Hawthorne is Treasure's brother.  He works in his father's architectural firm as an architect.  He is married to Jaleesa.
Jaleesa Fields is married to Nathaniel.  She is an executive at an arts center.
Enchanted Fields is the mother of Treasure and Nathaniel, and married to Ellington.  She is a retired principal.
Ellington Fields is the father of Treasure and Nathaniel, and married to Enchanted.  He is a retired architect.
Herald Hawthorne is the husband to Treasure.  He is a civil engineer.
Bethany Hawthorne is the mother of Herald, his brother Malachi, and their sister Camille.  She owns a healthcare agency.
Malachi Hawthorne is the brother of Herald and Camille.  He owns a restaurant and is a vegetarian chef.
Camille Hawthorne is the sister to Herald and Malachi, and daughter of Bethany and Orion.  She works as a healthcare aide in her mother's company.
Orion Hawthorne is the father to Herald, Malachi, and Camille.  He is a retired architect, and husband to Bethany.
Nettle is a woman Herald had an affair with before he was married.
Malaika is a 14-year-old teenager who has been sex-trafficked.
Doctor Napoleon Sutherland is the son of Evelyn Emory.  Napoleon works at the hospital Evelyn owns.
Evelyn Emory is the mother of Napoleon Sutherland and owner of a hospital in Jewel Park, New York.
Imagery and Literary Devices
     The imagery of abuse is startling throughout the story and the major literary device used in the novel is flashback.
     The narrator, Treasure, struggles to help a child who once pointed a gun at her.  Treasure's struggle intensifies when she learns several secrets the child has that are related to powerful and respected men in the town of Jewel Park, New York, including her husband. Her purpose is to determine the truth and maintain peace within her marriage and family.
Historical Significance
     The history of Freemasonry is explored throughout the novel, as well as the horrors of sex-trafficking and the harmful effects of the opioid drug, Fentanyl.
     Several medical studies have shown that Fentanyl is more addictive than crack cocaine and heroin combined!  There are many articles you can google about this drug as well as other opioids.
     Sex-trafficking is a global problem.  It includes the techniques of chattel slavery.  There are a vast number of articles, movies, documentaries, and recent news stories about the despicable practice.  The trepidation is that both sex-trafficking and the abuse of opioids can penetrate just about anyone's family! The message the book delivers is don't keep drug addiction or abuse a secret.  It can cause irreparable damage that way!
     The subject matter for this book is difficult, not only for myself to discuss and acknowledge its existence in the African American community, but it is also difficult to hear and accept: sex trafficking and drug abuse exist in the African American community!
     In a writing workshop I attend often, one of the participants said, "Writing is dangerous."  I agree.  Topics that are controversial and shameful can also be more life-altering for authors than readers.       I was very hesitant about creating a story where African American healers (doctors and preachers) are vilains.  Unfortunately, every community in the world is plagued by evil, and there have been many times where it has found its way into the African American community, either through sterotypes often presented by the media or in reality.