A mysterious orchid is central to a story of love, lies, and redemption. Once more before I die is the haunting mantra of a lonely woman, a woman grieving more than one loss. The splendor of the Audubon Society sanctuary, at the edge of the Florida Everglades, filled the void in Mel's soul, no tears for what might have been, a buried secret. In another part of the world, a beautiful young woman also found peace in nature. Educated in Europe's finest schools, Neev became a model at fourteen. After four years of posing and false smiles she wanted more from life. She quit modeling to study Philosophy at Oxford. Neev's love of photography brought her to the other side of the camera lens. Working on assignment with famous photographer Roger Andrew, she often trekked deep into the jungle in search of rare flowers. Having a young, beautiful woman as a partner seemed like a good omen, and Roger thought their travels together could lead to a unique discovery. In spite of the age difference, their shared passion soon blossomed into a loving relationship. He wondered why someone so young would crave this nomadic, isolated lifestyle.
When a Ghost Orchid began to bloom at the Audubon Society sanctuary, Roger knew this was his chance for fame. Neev was reluctant to visit Florida, but he convinced her to accompany him. A series of odd coincidences reveal this sensuous flower as more than rare and beautiful, it has unusual, mystical power.