Two mothers. Two daughters. One tragic secret. Texas-based fashion designer Shelby Lawrence is preparing to launch her mother-daughter dresses into retail stores nationwide when a letter in the mailbox reveals the picture of a girl who will change her life forever. Runa, the family’s new sponsored child, is a clever student growing up on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Shelby’s daughter Paisley is instantly captivated by their faraway friend. As the girls exchange heartwarming messages, Shelby has no idea that a tragedy in Runa’s life is about to upend her own.
Dresses are flying off the racks of Houston department stores when a horrifying scene unfolds in Dhaka. The tragedy threatens to destroy Shelby’s reputation, and worse—it sends Runa’s life spiraling down a terrifying path. Shelby’s eyes are suddenly open to the dark, hidden tunnelways of the global fashion industry. Fearing Runa’s fate and her brand’s demise, she hides the ugly truth. But when Runa slips further away, Shelby must decide how much she’s willing to risk to right a tragic wrong.
Both a gripping exposé of today’s fashion industry and a heartwarming mother-daughter tale, Beneath the Seams explores love, conscience, hope, and the common threads connecting humanity.