At the age of ten, Liza Barton shot her mother in their New Jersey
home while trying to protect her from her violent stepfather. Despite
her stepfather's claim that the shooting was a deliberate act, the
Juvenile Court ruled the death an accident.
Trying to erase every
trace of Liza's past, her adoptive parents changed Liza's name to
Celia. At the age of twenty-eight, she married a sixty-year-old
widower, and they had a son. Before their marriage, Celia confided the
secret of her earlier life. On his deathbed, her husband made her swear
never to reveal her past to anyone, so that their son would not carry
the burden of this family tragedy.
Happily remarried, Celia is
shocked when her second husband presents her with a gift- the New
Jersey house where she killed her mother. On the day they move in, the
words BEWARE-LITTLE LIZZIE'S PLACE have been painted on the lawn.
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