They think she's one of them. She's too afraid to tell the truth. When they discover her true identity, she must make an impossible choice.
Their ancient doctrine isn't the only thing that binds The Keepers of Light, a secret society descended from a lost civilization. They share a specific gene mutation, the MC1R, or redhead gene.
Betty Brown is oblivious to The Keepers of Light when she dyes her hair red and moves to the rural mountains of North Idaho in search of her missing uncle. Oblivious, that is, until the society mistakes her for a lost member, and thus a fulfillment of ancient prophecy. She wants to come clean, but fears the consequences of knowing too much. When they discover her true identity, she has to choose either to uphold her most revered beliefs or to live.
Manuscript is complete: 89,500 words.