Cynthia Bladen has been missing for weeks when private investigator Jack Grant takes the case. This time there is a motivating, if unsettling, force behind the investigation: Cynthia is Jack's ex-girlfriend. When her mutilated body is found, Cynthia's distraught husband accepts the grim outcome. But Jack can't give up until he finds her killer. He teams up with Lieutenant Diana Craig, a tough-as-nails tracker, whose razor-sharp insights and intellect give Jack a run for his money. It's a partnership peppered with barbs that soon progresses to cosy banter and trust. As romance unfolds, so does their investigation and they uncover intriguing connections to organized crime. Jack mines his memories for clues, hoping for anything that will give him an edge. When buried feelings also rise to the surface, he struggles to stay ahead of an emotional tidal wave that could compromise his detective instincts.