After the death of her shut-in mother, Barrie Watson finally feels free. She travels to her aunt’s South Carolina home only to find herself trapped again by an ancient family curse, a gift that draws her to lost things, and ghosts of the past that won’t let her leave. Black, gay, drag queen supporting character.
All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead—a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.
Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family’s twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead
Cis boy: Mark (cis male drag queen)
Trigger warnings: alcoholism or substance abuse, death, cancer