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.