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When Mark takes a week long trip to visit his elderly Grandmother Emily, he is confronted by his family's secret past. Emily's father, Frank Vandermeer, is a man trying to escape his past; the mysterious death of his first wife, a witness who speaks from the grave, and a child who vanishes into thin air. When a private investigator shows up, Frank fears his past may have finally caught up to him.
Have you ever wondered if the stories from your family's past were really true? When Mark Stephens takes a week long trip to visit his elderly grandmother, Emily Goodman, he is confronted by the reality of his family's secret past. She reveals how her father Frank's desire to control her life and the lives of her family members made them virtual prisoners.
Emily's father, Frank Vandermeer, is a man trying to escape his past; the mysterious death of his first wife, a witness who speaks from the grave, and a child who vanishes into thin air. When a private investigator, hired by his ex-father-in law, shows up unexpectedly, Frank fears his past may have finally caught up to him. Helen, Frank's second wife, is trapped by her own fears and bound by her religious beliefs concerning marriage. Son Frank Junior, manipulated by his father to become heir to the family business, struggles under the pressure. Levi, the middle child, longs for the freedom to make his own path in life. Daughter Emily struggles to overcome her father's manipulation so she can marry the man she loves. Fate conspires to bring the struggles of Frank and his family to a climactic conclusion.
In the process of sharing her secret, Emily and Mark's bond grows deeper. In turn, she helps him come to an important decision in his own life. The ending will make you think about what matters most in life.
In the spring of the year before his grandfather’s passing, Mark had driven down to spend Easter weekend with his grandparents. The family tradition was to gather together to attend church for Easter Sunday service, followed by a big meal his grandmother had prepared in advance. That Sunday morning Mark stopped by his grandfather's open bedroom door and looked in to observe Grandpa Tim tying his bright yellow necktie in front of the dresser mirror. His grandfather had on a pristine white dress shirt complete with cuffs. Grandpa was always very dapper recalled Mark. Tim noticed movement in the mirror and caught his grandson’s reflection.
He finished his tie, as Mark watched, and then came over to where his grandson stood to give him a hug. Mark kissed him on the cheek.
“Son, I’m glad you are here, it means a lot when you get to be my age to be surrounded by your family. I love you son,” said Tim.
“I love you too Grandpa,” replied Mark.
Mark never forgot that day. Sadness came rushing back as he recalled his grandfather’s passing. Mark's absence at his Grandpa Tim's deathbed weighed heavily on him. He felt guilty for not being there and he felt he had to make it up to him by helping his grandmother.