Synopses & Reviews
Before it was a house, it was a home. Nomadic writer Martin Temple has finally settled down in small-town South Carolina, but moving in to Charybdis, the ancestral home of the aristocratic Augurs, means becoming an unofficial member of the family. No sooner is he settled in than he's thrust into a world of new rules, old traditions, bitter grudges, and the lingering question of why a family in no need of money would sell a house that's figured so largely in their history. Martin came south for peace and quiet, but quiet is all he finds. The quiet of whispered and whimpered secrets. The quiet of bees in their hive and wasps in their nests. The quiet of Charybdis, vacant but never empty, looming over the bay.