In 1850, twelve-year-old fugitive slave Samuel Prescott, along with his mother, sister, and nephew, seek shelter from a midnight storm at a farm in Fairhaven, Vermont.
Emma and Gabe Hopper, conductors at the waystation, sequester the fugitives, then provide them food and clean clothing. Several days later, Gabe and his son, Luke, embark upon the next dangerous stage to transport the Prescotts to freedom. But evil lurks in the shadows. The devastating aftermath of that ill-fated journey will impact families all the way to the present day.
In 1999, DeeDee Williams is faced with the daunting task of moving her elderly mother to a nursing home from their century-old Fair Haven, Vermont farmstead. While cleaning out the property, DeeDee discovers it had once been a stop along the Underground Railroad. As she prepares to sell the house, DeeDee finally learns the truth about the dangerous spirit haunting the property. Then a twist of fate brings her face to face with a living reminder of those long-ago tragic events.