In 1966, Randall Marks, a North Carolina resident, is murdered in Regina, Saskatchewan, where he has gone to settle his father’s estate. Yetta Marks, his tough-minded aunt, goes to North Carolina to get Randall’s will from his office safe. The will is missing. The Canadian family of Randall’s mother claims the estate. Sixty-four year-old Yetta must defend her family’s inheritance. To help her lawyer, Yetta tells him the story of her brother Jack, the family’s black sheep, whose search for meaning begins in the Jewish community of Washington, DC at the turn of the century. After relating Jack’s saga, Yetta realizes that she, too, has been living her life in exile and must decide whether to continue or take the chance on a new relationship. Lives in Exile is a novel based loosely on a true story which inspired the author to imagine and re-create one family’s history.