Two homicide cops come to Lisset Greene's studio to inform her that a man she knows only as a trafficker of boys has been murdered and has left his estate to her. The search for answers forces her into an uneasy alliance with the cops and forces her to confront the traumatic act that defines her. Lisset Greene, survivor, mother, artist, former nude dancer, has been described as volatile, passionate, and as slightly mad. And she does not like or trust cops. But when two boys in her care are shot, she, her daughter, two special friends, and the cops form an edgy partnership to find the shooters. She teams up with a female cop to find a terrified girl being hunted by crooked cops. Her daughter is kidnapped. Finding her depends on excavating information buried in the jumbled psyches of a pair of street people, and on working with Tucker in spite of the zigs and zags of their personal relationship. Finally, in a high dark place she must face the terrors of her past.