A dead body is discovered at the Wayfarer’s Inn at Chesapeake Bay. The FBI transfers the victim to New York for analysis. and a murder investigation is opened. When the body goes missing from the Medical Examiner's custody it opens up a world of hurt for the town's Sheriff, Kim Chastain.
The victim was a failure of the system; a foster child who managed to claw back some semblance of an existence, only for her young life to be cruelly cut short.
FBI Special Agent Robert Bixby has to uncover why she was murdered, and by whom before they can strike again.