A family desperate for money.  A child prodigy, missing.  A will that soon expires. Riverview House holds many secrets.

Mark Newlin is a history professor at Gold College in the southwestern Illinois town of Marlonburg. When tragedy thrusts him into a life he doesn't want, well-meaning friends send him to a place on the river for rest and healing.

But Riverview House is not the peaceful bed-and-breakfast of the brochure. A mansion built at the end of the 19th century along the upper Mississippi River, for years it was the symbol of the Channon family's prestige and their right to a place in American aristocracy. After several generations, the family has lost most of its money, and none of its arrogance. Except for one man. The heir to the Channon fortune. Whom no one has heard of for years.

Mark and his assistant Sean Merritt find themselves in the midst of an unusual family gathering--where each member has his or her own reasons for attending. Against his will, Mark is drawn into the family's struggles. And as his concern for the heir increases, he discovers the reason for healing and the power to heal in the most unlikely place.

 
The river town that inspired the fictional town of Ashington mills in The Ritornello Game

The river town that inspired the fictional town of Ashington mills in The Ritornello Game