September 1, 2019
It’s July 1946, and after a decade of Depression and war, life in America is returning to normal. But for Charlotte and Mary Oswald, one tumultuous summer will unearth all their secrets and upend their world once again. Over the course of the summer, Charlotte makes unexpected friends with two film-obsessed boys and, inspired by the movies of Alfred Hitchcock and the ongoing Nuremberg Nazi trials, the three begin plotting their own screenplay. Meanwhile Mary, left behind in the nearly empty Thwaites mansion as the head housekeeper, a role she wasn’t raised for, but has chosen to keep her daughter safe, begins a steamy affair with the charming industrialist Prescott Thwaites, and reveals the hidden parts of herself. The last days of summer rapidly approaching, Charlotte’s freedom coming to an end, and the Thwaites family soon returning, mother and daughter hurtle toward a point of no return as the long-buried memories resurface, blurring the line between fantasy and reality, and threatening to expose the secret that could be the end of them all.