After her mother’s murder when she was 10 by the man Willow Tarata knows only as “The Bad Man,” Willow has made it her mission to find and destroy this mystery man. For two decades she has followed a bloody trail around the world, tracking him. Like her mother, Willow is the Guardian of Wood, keeping her connected to the flora around her. Hearing of an unusual murder, Willow comes to San Francisco following a lead, only to be set up as the prime suspect in several murders.
Homicide inspector Rick Ramirez doesn’t know what to make of Willow, but he suspects she is key to solving these killings. If Ramirez listens to his head he should just arrest her, but if he listens to his heart things are about to get very strange. (FOREVER, Dec., 368 pp., $7.99)