In a city in central Tennessee, a couple abandons their life and flees with their grandchildren in tow. For 20 years, Debbie and Mark Baskin search for their son and daughter, but no trace is ever found. Then cops in California receive a tip-off – and the next chapter in a baffling mystery is revealed.
To begin with, the Baskins appeared to have a relatively normal family life.
Debbie was one of three daughters born to Marvin Maple, from Michigan, and his wife, Sandra. In time, she met Mark, a Southern Baptist. The couple married and started a family of their own.
Eventually, Debbie and Mark went on to have three children: Christi, Bobby and Michael. Meanwhile, Mark had decided to pursue a career as a minister and embarked upon a program of theological study.