Seattle – 1922 – Vera Rae kisses her 3 year old son, Daniel, goodnight and reluctantly leaves for work. She hates the night shift at the hotel but it is the only way she can earn enough to keep from becoming destitute. In the morning of May 2 a heavy snow is falling. Vera goes to check on Daniel and his bed is empty. She finds his teddy bear out in the snow.
Seattle – present day – On May 2 Seattle Herald reporter Claire Aldridge awakens to a late season snowstorm. Assigned to cover this “blackberry winter” and its predecessor decades earlier, Claire learns of Daniel’s abduction. After having recently lost a baby herself Claire vows to find out what happened to him. She becomes obsessed with this story and discovers that she and Vera are linked in unexpected ways. Jio has recently become one of my favorite authors.