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When Bertha Mellish, “the most peculiar, quiet, reserved girl” at Mt. Holyoke College, disappears in the fall of 1897, she endangers the secrets of everyone who knew her—especially her best friend. In the Gilded Age, women’s education is still a radical idea, and once-celebrated female friendships now seem suspicious. Bertha’s best friend Agnes, who longs to be a surgeon, must hide what she knows from Bertha’s elder sister Florence and the men who try to control the search for the missing girl: Bertha’s minister father; the family doctor, who wanted to marry Bertha; and a dangerously sharp-eyed private investigator.