On the night of the decade's worst blizzard, a local farm boy discovers the naked body of a beautiful young woman in the snow. Seventeen years later, the Virgin of Small Plains has become a local myth. Strange miracles have visited those who faithfully tend to her grave and Small Plains becomes a haven for those hoping the Virgin will cure them. But soon strange and sinister events unfold. What really happened seventeen years ago? And why are some of the town's leading citizens so determined that the truth remain buried? Winner of the 2006 Agatha Award for Best Novel. A 2007 Anthony Award Finalist for Best Novel. Winner of the 2007 Macavity Award for Best Mystery Novel. A 2007 Dilys Award Finalist. A 2007 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best Novel.