Pages tight and clean with some yellowing due to age. Softcover binding has light shelfwear to edges of covers. Spine has small creases. 472 pages. MMP Binding. Year: 1997. ISBN: 1551662760. On a sultry midsummer's night, while a full moon bathed the hazy Gulf Coast, a riptide was forming, pulling all caught in its path into the fury of the foaming sea. The noble Hampton family, with its legacy of sin and scandal, suffers the ultimate tragedy, the ruthless murder of one of its own.