Part morality tale, part mystery, a searing story of friendship, family and temptation.
'My daddy always told me, if it looks too good to be true - then it probably is.'
Bart, Teddy and Cole have been best friends since childhood. Having founded their own small-town construction company, they yearn to build a legacy, something to leave behind to their families. So when Gretchen Connors, a mysterious millionaire lawyer from California, approaches them with a stunning, almost formidable project in the mountains above their town, the three friends convince themselves it's the job which will secure their future.
But what is Gretchen hiding from them? And why does the build have to be complete by Christmas, a near-impossible deadline? With the lines between ambition and greed more slippery and dangerous than the three friends ever imagined, how far will they push themselves and what will be the cost of their dream?
Nickolas Butler was born in Pennsylvania and raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. His award-winning debut novel, Shotgun Lovesongs, was an international bestseller and optioned for film by Fox Searchlight Pictures. His second novel, Hearts of Men, was a finalist for the 2016 Prix Medicis Etrangere and his third, Little Faith, was awarded the Edward Stanford Travel Award for Best Novel in 2020. Butler, who attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop, currently lives in Wisconsin with his wife and their two children.