Aaron Evans isn't looking for mystery or romance when he moves to a quiet Seattle neighborhood and attends services at a local church. He isn't even looking for religion. He is searching for an environment that will further help his children ease the pain of their mother's sudden death two years ago.
When Aaron's eight-year-old son draws a picture in church of Elvis Presley's ascension to heaven on a toilet seat, it attracts the attention of two very different women. Mildred Vinster, a cantankerous octogenarian, is offended. Holly Lawrence, Aaron's new neighbor is amused. Mildred's murder, a few hours later, leaves Holly heir to an old Bible. A hollowed-out section of the Bible contains a bag of synthetic diamonds. The Bible also leaves clues to the location of a wealth of real gems.
As Holly's relationship with Aaron turns to love, the mystery surrounding the diamonds deepens. The answer to where the diamonds came from and why Holly received them begins in prewar Nazi Germany and leads from the drug trade in Canada to the casinos of Las Vegas where finding the real diamonds turns into a game of life or death with the odds stacked against them.