There's a woman here who wishes to be introduced to you Mr Pemberton ...I should caution you, though. She has frightened off every other bachelor in Boston ...Just remember you were warned, just as I've warned her. 1929. Serena and George Pemberton arrive in the wilds of the North Carolina mountains to build a life together in a rural logging town. Unlike any woman the timber empire has ever seen, Serena oversees crews, hunts rattlesnakes and saves her husband's life in the wilderness. But when Serena learns that she will never bear a child, the Pemberton's intensely passionate marriage begins to unravel. A course of events unfolds that will change the lives of everyone in their rural community and bring this riveting tale of love and revenge to its shocking reckoning.