A woman on the edge…
Museum collections specialist Sienna Aubrey is desperate. A prehistoric Iñupiat mask in her client’s collection is haunted, and it wants her to return it to Alaska…now. Tormented to her breaking point, she steals it. But when she arrives in the remote Alaskan village, the tribal representative refuses to take the troublesome mask off her hands. Even worse, the manipulative artifact pulls the infuriating man into her dream, during which she indulges in her most secret fantasies with him.
A man in search of the truth…
Assistant US Attorney Rhys Vaughan came to the Arctic Circle to prove someone tried to murder his cousin. When Sienna shows up at his cousin’s office with the local tribe’s most sacred artifact, she becomes his prime suspect. Then the mask delivers him into Sienna’s hot, fantasy-laden dream, and his desire to investigate her takes an entirely different turn.
An artifact seeking justice…
But the mask has an agenda, and it’s not to play matchmaker. If Sienna doesn’t do what the artifact wants, she may pay the ultimate price, and only Rhys can save her.
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Background and Story Inspiration
In October 2013, a large collection of artifacts that had been stored at the University of Washington’s Burke Museum for nearly sixty years was returned to the Suquamish Tribe. The artifacts had been excavated from the Old Man House site in Kitsap County, which was the winter village for the Suquamish Tribe and home of Chief Sealth, also known as Chief Seattle.
Transported over Puget Sound by ferry, the artifacts were escorted by a very rare and large pod of orcas. Nearly three dozen orcas surrounded the ferry as it entered Eagle Harbor at Bainbridge Island.
Tribal members were on the ferry to witness the remarkable event, and many believe there is a spiritual tie between the orcas and the tribe. In June of 2014, the tribe held a ceremony to honor the killer whales who led the treasures of Old Man House back to Suquamish.
You can read about the orca escort in this Seattle Times article, or watch this King 5 news segment, which describes the significance of the artifacts to the tribe’s cultural heritage and includes footage of the orcas.
Orca Mask design for Midnight Sun, inspired by Northwest Native American art