In Alena, a compelling contemporary remake of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, a young art historian begins a new job as a museum curator on Cape Cod. As she narrates her experiences, we learn that her predecessor, Alena, disappeared two years earlier. Memories of Alena and the mystery of her disappearance cast dark shadows on the narrator and other characters.
Ava and Fred, adult siblings, have been shaped by their unusual upbringing. The children of the founder of a now-defunct experimental school and his much younger wife, they have never quite fit in. Ava is withdrawn and reserved, while Fred, an odd, developmentally disabled child, grew into a man who lives on the fringes of society. When Fred is accused of murdering a 12-year-old boy, Ava tries to piece together what happened and ascertain whether Fred is innocent.