Jack was accused by one of his students having raped her. He spends six months in prison. When he gets free again he moves to Salem Falls, not having any place to stay. He meets Addi in a diner, finds a job as a dishwasher and falls in love with her. Everything seemed to be perfect again. And then another student accused him of rape. Again he claims to be innocent, but no one believes.
Picoult had the idea of constructing a modern witch hunt and what she does is extraordinary. While wicca is allowed today, she finds another crime that leads to one testimony against another: rape. Was the accused a criminal or does the accuser tell lies? It was amazing and shocking to see how a town can hunt somebody just because of prejudice or out of fear. I absolutely recommend this novel to everyone! It made my day!