This fantasy novel is a book about books, but these are no ordinary tomes. Young Emmett leaves his family farm and goes to work as an apprentice for an elderly woman, Seredith. He soon discovers that the books she binds contain people's deepest, darkest secrets and are full of things they would sooner forget. Once written down and bound, they are kept in her cellar and the memories they contain are erased from people's minds. Emmett learns his trade well, but when Seredith dies he discovers there is such a book with his own name on it. He sets out to discover his past.