For six long years Miranda Calvin is haunted by marionette figures dancing around in her head. Figures of the people present at her grandfather's house the day a murder was committed there. Miranda's father had been accused of the crime. And though a jury found him innocent, his own father had condemned and disinherited him. Now, after all these years, Miranda's grandfather has invited her back to his house. She accepts the invitation, hoping to prove her father's innocence once and for all. She just knows one of them did it, one of the elusive marionettes who give her no peace. And slowly she gathers her clues. Is the murderer one of her relatives? Or Doug Lassiter, the man she loves? Or can it be the one person she would never suspect?