Lisa Wingate has been deservedly called a master storyteller, and this book doesn't disappoint. It is based on the shocking happenings at the Tennessee Children's Home Society, run by the cruel and avaricious Georgia Tann. Eldest daughter of the Foss family, Rill, tells of a hard but happy life on a shanty boat on the Mississippi. Known by the authorities as River Rats, it was considered in the 1930s, to be in everyone's best interests to remove the children and adopt them out to "better families". To bring understanding to the story, it also follows Avery Stafford in the present day, an ambitious young woman, born of privilege and with a strong sense of propriety and expectations about her future goals. When clues about her family's history come to light, there are more questions than answers and Avery can't let it go. And she starts to question the very foundation of her life. A totally absorbing read.