Events from one night in Belfast, Ireland, during the time of The Troubles, echo down through the years to present day Live Oak, California. Newly appointed police captain Mike Valdez builds a team of young police officers. Partners Claudia Riley and Joe Buckner, and Alex Bankowski and Sean O’Hara investigate a suspicious death and robbery at a high school bingo game run by local realtor Ed Conrad.
Adding to the mix are David Tait, Mike’s father-in-law, and his friend Nina Wait. They commandeer a group of characters from the Cross Creek Senior Community to attend the bingo game to support David’s granddaughter but soon find themselves in the middle of the investigation. When they discover the body of a young woman buried in a local park, they unknowingly uncover the first break in an unfolding mystery. The dead woman’s two friends, Maureen and Colleen, read about her death in a local paper and lead the investigators to discover sinister links between the two deaths and the Irish Mafia. Police interviews, autopsies, DNA tests and FBI intervention culminate in a surprise ending.
MK Eddleman introduces a group of characters whose comfortable lives are challenged by unexpected events and invisible injuries.