Dr. Amelia Rimgold is about to testify in a generic drug fraud. Two days before she's scheduled to go before the House Committee, she's shot during an intermission at the New York Fowler's Opera. The hit man takes the victim's antique gold locket. And then the spell on the locket, cast by an innocent woman executed in Salem kicks in. It starts drawing the locket back to its owner who miraculously survived, and the thief must follow, unaware of the forces at play. The locket is an heirloom and once belonged to the victim's ancestor, Rebecca Taylor, executed in 1692, in Salem. On the gallows, Rebecca cast one last spell—to protect her female descendants from the kind of persecution and injustice she had suffered at the hands of the cruel and the ignorant. The ancient spell is drawing the locket back to its owner—and the thief will follow, unaware of the forces at play. Suddenly Amelia Rimgold, the protected witness the FBI is hiding on the Maryland seacoast, becomes an invaluable asset—bait.