Courtney, on a whim, decides to take Max and Patti on a girls’ vacation to Laguna Beach, in Southern California, before the busy summer season at Ben’s Place begins. All is well in the land of fun and
sun until they spot Edso, an ex-lover of Courtney’s, hitting on an attractive woman on a visiting yacht. Still searching for closure, Courtney immediately decides that his new mark must be warned. However, even the best of ideas have a way of going sideways and this life-changing decision is no exception. Jack quickly finds himself pulled into this tangled web, in which one will die while another survives.
It's spring. Jack, Max, Patti and Courtney have just returned from a not-so-relaxing vacation in Southern California only to find that Leo, Ralph and Paulie have returned after several years away, fearful that they are being pursued by a killer. Gladys, the ever-vigilant bird watcher, tells Jack that she has seen some suspicious activity in her marshes and Jack learns that Tom’s life has been threatened.
When Jack sees a beautiful sailboat arrive in Rye Harbor, he greets the skipper, who is not only unfriendly, but disappears soon after taking Jack’s advice to leave his boat at the Wentworth Marina. Then, with Sylvie’s unexpected arrival, and the appearance of a magnificent mega-yacht, named the Jenny D, at the Marina, this convergence of events turns deadly.
Evil exists in the world. While some exists out in the open for all to see, more often, it exists out of sight, perhaps as close as one’s own back yard. As another successful summer season at Ben’s Place, a local NH seacoast restaurant and watering hole, is coming to a close, when Suzy, an employee at Ben’s, disappears.
At the same time, two strangers arrive in the seacoast, one, a mysterious Inspector investigating a human trafficking enterprise, and the other, a woman looking for a long-lost friend . . . then, a member of the seacoast’s monied elite is found dead in his home.
As the bodies pile up, Jack Beale and his girlfriend, Max, are slowly pulled into the shadowy world shared by both the Inspector’s investigation and the mysterious woman’s search for her friend. Complicating matters, Jack must deal with his own jealousy over Max’s yoga instructor, making this an intriguing tale of mystery, suspense and romance.