Emma's great grandmother, Lydia, is a woman who boldly looks fear in the eye and never has she lost the staring contest. It is the summer of 1979, and Lydia's granddaughter (Emma's mother) has been killed in a car accident. Emma and her brothers leave their home in Indiana to visit Lydia on Johns and Kiawah Island in the Low country of South Carolina. Once there a witch chases Emma through her dreams, and the light of day is often even more unsettling as Emma discovers her own family tree shrouded in mystery. With the help of adventure, friendship and faith, Emma discovers she may be more like Lydia than she ever thought possible.