Margaret and Steve Frawley celebrate the third birtlhday of their twin girls, Kelly and Kathy, with an afternoon party in their new home, a modest fixer-upper in Ridgefield, Connecticut. That evening, Steve and Margaret attend a black-tic dinner in New York. On returning home, the police are in the house and they are told that the babysitter had been found unconscious, the children are gone and that a note demanding an eight million dollar ransom had been left in their room. Steve Frawley's firm, a global investment company, agrees to pay the ransom. The kidnapper, who identifies himself as the "Pied Piper", makes his terms known-on delivery of the ransom, a call will come revealing the girls' whereabouts. The call comes, but only Kelly is in the car parked behind a deserted restaurant. The driver is dead from a gunshot wound and has left a suicide note, saying he had inadvertently killed Kathy and had dumped her body in the ocean. At the private memorial Mass for Kathy, Kelly tugs Margaret's arm and says : "Mommy, Kathy is very scared of that lady. She wants to come home right now." More inexplicable occurrences follow, indicating that Kelly is in touch with Kathy. At first, no one except the mother believes that the twins are communicating and that Kathy is still alive. As Kelly's warnings become increasingly specific and alarming, however, the FBI agents set out on a search for Kathy. As they close in on the Pied Piper and his accomplices, Kathy's life hangs on a thread. In her riveting new thriller, worldwide bestselling writer Mary Higgins Clark tells a spellbinding tale which takes us deep into the minds of her characters while lifting us to the heights of suspense.