The setting is Carmel, Californiaa scenic, peaceful tourist haven where James Dewitt is the police forces only detective. His usual caseload is stolen bicycles and an occasional burglary, but things change with frightening speed when a series of apparent suicides, which soon prove to be murders, shocks the community. Dewitt, a former forensic scientist, struggles with the minutest of clues in his quest for the killer, while departmental turf wars and local politics increase the pressures on his investigation. His steps are further dogged by renegade ex-cop Howard Lumbrowski, the man Dewitt blames for his wifes death. How is Lumbrowski connected to the killings? And why does he have information from Dewitts confidential files? Dewitt finds himself playing a dangerous game, breaking his own rules in a desperate search for answers.