Past headlines said it all: Serial Killer Plucks Hearts from Victims! The most despicable and prolific serial killer of New Orleans has escaped! Top Detectives Callow and Smith urgently try to beat the clock as the homicides begin again, with the vengence of two perpetrators. Is there also a copy-cat? Why the modus operandi of plucking wives' hearts? Where is the operation done, and the bodies displayed in other, public locations? The detectives are the emotionally constant, methodical heroes needed for the job-again. During the arduous course of the case, Callow reexamines his religious faith that had vanished, with enriching results.