The tranquility of an early Sunday morning abruptly ends for University of Rhode Island master gardener, Miriam Carnavale, when she discovers the body of Professor Paul Waddington in the college's rose garden. His throat is slashed, a RI red rose boutonniere tucked into his tuxedo. South Kingstown Detective Kara Langley soon realizes there are more than enough suspects among the disgruntled graduate students working for the Waddingtons' program. But, investigating further, she finds the unpopular couple has left behind allegations of harrassment and embezzlement at the previous colleges where they worked. Has their past finally caught up with them in the peaceful Kingston village? Paul's pretentious wife, Stephanie, knows more than she's telling, leaving Kara to piece together the clues before the murderer strikes again.