One Dark Summer is a novel about the strengths of friendship and the will to survive a terrible tragedy that befalls an unsuspecting village in the heart of rural Midwestern America. It takes place in the 1960s and exposes the townsfolk to unspeakable criminality—the likes of which could only be contemplated by reading about far away places in the morning paper.
The story evolves in a setting of rolling hills, pastures, cultivated farmlands and wooded bottomlands through which flow a network of shallow creeks. Small homes border narrow streets and the sidewalks course an undulating path pushed up by the roots of stately oaks and elms.
In a small town where everyone knows everyone and a great time can be had discussing the day’s fishing trip at Molly’s Café, no one could imagine what dark times lay ahead.