Charles Martin is one of my favorite authors because of the depth and multi layers he puts into his stories and the way he weaves his words to create his images to convey the setting, characters and emotions. Every character is so rich and not wasted, very real in their emotions and reactions to what life has thrown at them. The settings almost become a character in and of themselves. His stories are always about redemption, hope and healing from very deep hurt. They are always a journey that he takes the reader on that leaves their own emotions bare. This story though it did have all those elements for me, did leave me a bit confused at times. There is much description of the Florida Intercoastal Waterways which at times left me lost because I don't know the area in the least so I found myself starting to skim over some of that. And I was confused at the ending until I went back and re-read the 1st chapter and then it made total sense. I have just found out that this is actually the first in a trilogy so that explains too, the questions I had when it was all over. Though at times frustrated with the character of Summer (the mom of the missing girl), I loved the character of Clay and am looking forward to seeing where he will go in coming installments. Though not knocking off the pedestal my three favorites of his (Water From My Heart, When Crickets Cry and Wrapped in Rain) this is a great read that sheds a light on the dark world of modern day slavery within the sex trade in America.