Nine months later, the case remains unsolved. Frustrated by the lack of progress, Becker's family hires Jesse Yates to watch over Adam's sister, Cheryl, as she sets out to contact a wide circle of her brother's acquaintances, searching for any nugget of useful information that the police failed to dig up.
It's a long shot, and yet the strategy quickly pays off. A former girlfriend remembers that Adam once refused to go into a tavern when he saw a certain individual inside. Identification and surveillance of that person by Palm Court detectives leads further to an enigmatic multi-millionaire-new in town-who seems to have no past, no shortage of money and a handful of dangerous houseguests in his spectacular riverside estate.
Palm Court detective Jack Lundy takes a trip to Indiana to find out who this guy who calls William Johnson really is. By the time Lundy gets the disturbing details, Yates has already gotten himself hired as a bodyguard for the paranoid mystery man and finds himself poking around the edges of a treacherous conspiracy.
A link to the hometown hero's murder begins to seem within reach, but to find out who killed Adam Becker and why, Jesse Yates will have to get in so deep that getting out will be a crapshoot, requiring the former Navy SEAL to fall back, once again, on his extreme training and lethal skills.