Those Who Wait
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Gabrielle Shaw had been very content with her life. It wasn't perfect, but she enjoyed her position teaching drama at Le Valley, an all-girls grade school in Oregon. When the school begins to have financial troubles, not only is her position eliminated, but the hip new director, Adam Hawkins, manages to persuade her step-mother to leave her entire estate to Le Valley School.
In an unfortunate accident, Gaby destroys a rare vehicle that is Hawkins' pride and joy and at the same time becomes an unwitting witness to a death that could send her to her grave.
With no job, no home, and fearful of Hawkins' revenge, Gaby heads across the country to the Finger Lakes area of New York State, child-home of her grandfather, looking for potential relatives who might lend her a hand. Adam Hawkins and his girlfriend, Monica, head east to track her down—Adam, because Gaby knows too much about the recent death of a local philanthropist to be on the loose; Monica, because she believes Gaby holds the key to four lost paintings by French artist Camille Pissarro.
Gaby lands in Otter Cove. It has become a safe haven and she has made a few trusted friends—a busy widower named Nancy who hires Gaby to work in her cafe, elderly twins Jim and Joe, and an enigmatic musician named Hobart. But it is now November. Winter is coming.
Gaby knows Hawkins hasn't given up looking for her. It's also time for her to move out of her three-season cabin and look for a proper job and place to live. At the last minute, another acquaintance, Erick, offers her temporary accommodation in his historic lakeside inn while he prepares it for winter. But after one 'cold night in hell', Gaby finds herself teamed with Erick in a chase which takes them on a winding journey across the country. Gaby soon discovers the lure of millions of dollars has created a caravan—several members of which will use any means to get what they want—no matter how hot it gets.