A once fashionable, now fading resort hotel. A spinster aunt living in the attic. A house full of secrets and dusty furnishings, uninhabited for almost fifty years. A neglected lake, covered with water lilies. Pettiness and cruelty in smalltown America. And Emma Graham, a twelve-year-old girl with a passion for double-chocolate ice-cream sodas and decaying lakefronts, and an obsession with the death of another girl--Mary-Evelyn Devereau--forty years earlier. Emma's search for answers is both an inquiry into murder and a way to deliver herself from the confusion of childhood. Sequel to: Hotel Paradise.