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Imagine embracing your mother one day, then having no memory of her 24 hours later... That's how thirteen year old Marie's story begins in the spring of 1968. Each day her father, James, visits his wife's empty grave, convinced she was the victim of a vicious bear attack. Marie's memory impairment forces him to endure his grief silently, constantly reliving the horrifying incident - his wife literally torn from his daughter's arms, with no trace of her ever found. But this strange disappearance is only too common within the 220 square-mile tract of bewitched woodland they live next to, known locally as Spellhollow Wood - the last remaining ancient growth forest in all of North America. Even now in 2013, it is a place tucked away in obscurity. And of course there was no bear attack. With the aid of a mysterious boy, Perion, and a homeless girl named Courinn, Marie discovers the truth about the mother she has no memory of.