In Orebed Lake Helen finds herself in the Adirondack Mountains, getting acquainted with a legacy gift from a father she has never met. He has bequeathed her a quaint cottage. By coincidence, her friend Bert has been investigating a possible endangered species in the area, and this gives him the opportunity to spend time with her. The community of Orebed Lake has suffered a long decline in its fortunes, and when they arrive it is in turmoil. Will the abandoned iron ore mine reopen, restoring the economic lifeblood of the community, or will environmentalists and their allies insist on keeping the land forever wild? No two citizens seem to agree on a desirable outcome. Setting off to find the elusive Adirondack wood sorrel, Bert and Helen begin to encounter some of the threads that tie together this plant and the future of the hard-luck community. Rumors of a long-ago murder, smoldering family feuds, abundant greed, and the menace of both natural and man-made agents keep the two biologists on their toes.
2008 Quality paperback, 234 pages $10.00