On June 25, 1980, two young women were killed in an isolated clearing in rural Pocahontas County West Virginia. They were hitchhiking to an outdoor peace festival known as the Rainbow Gathering, but never arrived. Their killings have been called “The Rainbow Murders.”

Emma Copley Eisenberg spent five years re-investigating these crimes. Part “Serial”-like investigation, part Joan Didion-like meditation, the book mixes reporting, research, memoir, and criticism to follow the threads of these events through the history of West Virginia, the Back-to-the-Land movement, and the complex reality of contemporary Appalachia, forming a portrait of America — its divisions of gender and class, and its violence.