Even the bright seaside village of Molena Point has been hit hard by the economic downturn, and many residents are abandoning their pets. While feline P. I. Joe Greys human friends join together to care for the starving cats, a fire leaves a twelve-year-old boy homeless, the body of his alcoholic guardian discovered in the smoldering ruins.
Meanwhile, Debbie Kraft descends uninvited on the Damens home with her two children, claiming that she has no money and nowhere else to go. But when Joe learns that the victim of the fire was Debbies estranged mother, and that Debbies ex-husband may be involved in a number of intricate real estate scams, his fur is on end with suspicion. But its not until Debbies abandoned tomcat arrives that the pieces of the puzzle begin to come together for Joe and his feline detective pals.