||Sixteen-year-old Mattie Gokey has always dreamed of becoming a writer and forever escaping from life on the family farm. However, Mattie feels tied to the farm because she promised her dying mother that she would never leave her father and siblings. Mattie is, therefore, pleasantly surprised when her father agrees to let her take a summer job at Moose Lake, a nearby vacation resort. While there, Mattie meets Grace Brown, a mysterious woman who one day hands Mattie a packet of letters and says "burn them." Before Mattie has a chance to carry out this request, Grace drowns. But was her death an accident? When she discovers that the letters Grace gave her hold the key to the mystery of Grace's death, Mattie gains new insights into her own life--insights that help her set the path for her future. Although many of the characters in this novel are fictional, Grace Brown was a real woman who was killed by her boyfriend in 1906; her story became the inspiration for Theodore Dreiser's AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY and the film A PLACE IN THE SUN.