At 3:30 one morning in 2007, Penny Smith is awakened by a phone call. The voice on the other end tells her that her younger sister, Kathy’s house is on fire. She isn’t terribly worried — she knows her sister is safe because she was spending the night at a friend’s house, but she heads to the scene of the fire right away. Once she arrives, Penny realizes she was wrong. Kathy’s car is parked in the driveway and investigators inform her that, sadly, Kathy perished in the fast-moving fire—a fire so hot that it melted the siding off a neighbor’s house. Even in the fog of their anguish, Penny and her brother, Monty Grover, know instantly that the fire was no accident —and the investigators confirm—the fire was purposefully set and her sister was murdered. Penny and Monty believe they know who set the fire that killed Kathy—it’s the same person who has set over 20 other fires in the small town of Mt. Sterling.
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