To This Town, The Luck Of The Draw Is A Matter Of Life And Death. New Hope, Maine looks like a picture postcard village with its green pastured farms, its pristine houses, and its old-fashioned town square all posed against the backdrop of the splendor of the blue Atlantic Ocean. Yet Jason Smith realizes in just a short time that there is something mysterious and sinister about this seemingly normal, small New England town. From the first, it is obvious that Jason is not welcome here; he cannot even get a straight story on how his mother died. The Reverend Hutchinson says it was from pneumonia, while the Chief of Police claims that she drowned in a boating accident, but some of the people in town believe that Albert Smith killed her - something that Jason is certain is not true.