As a police captain closing in on retirement in Chicago, Tom Nolan had no regrets about his life. Lisa, his wife, was a successful psychologist, and his son, Kevin, had recently graduated from the police academy and was a rookie in another precinct in the city. Mary, Tom's mother who had raised him as a single parent, lived with the family in a fashionable town house. But when Tom accompanied his mother to the funeral of her best friend in a small town in the anthracite region of Northeastern Pennsylvania, his comfortable existence came to an abrupt end.
Events that had taken place decades earlier in and around the bustling coal-mining town of Nanticoke, Pennsylvania were disclosed to Tom Nolan and forever changed the lives of all the members of the Nolan family.