Nikki can't believe this is
happening. She is still coping with her mother's death seven months
ago. And now her father annouces that he is remarrying. To
a woman she has never met! Her father has known Celeste for only
three months and now they are getting married! Nikki's older sister
can get out of the house by staying in the dorm. And her younger
brother seems oblivious to the whole thing. But Nikki is not happy
about the situation. And when she meets her new stepmother, she really
doesn't understand what is going on. There is something about her
that bothers Nikki. She is hiding something. But what?
Will things from her past come back to haunt their present?
14-year-old Nikkiís mother
dies and, within the year, her father marries a younger woman. Soon after
the wedding, Crystal, the new step-mother, inherits a California coast
beach house from her Aunt Edna. Nikkiís dad insists the family spend their
vacation there. However, from the time they arrive, Crystal acts strangely.
The suspense and tension builds as Nikki tries to uncover her step-momís
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