Fifteen-year-old Faith Sunderly has a shameful secret; she is intelligent, curious, and a lover of natural science at a time when women are supposed to be concerned only with domestic affairs. When her father, the esteemed Reverend Erasmus Sunderly, a preacher and a world-renowned scientist, is found dead, Faith cannot believe he killed himself. She sets out to prove that someone murdered her father, and in doing so, uncovers a dark truth. Her father is in possession of an ancient and whispered about tree; legend has it that a person who whispers a lie to this tree (and then takes action to make sure this lie is widely believed) will then have access to the fruit of the tree- a fruit which bears truth for whoever consumes it. Faith plans to find this tree and use it to find the truth behind her father’s death, but to do so, she is forced to tell a number of dangerous, slanderous lies which cause havoc she couldn’t have imagined.