Madeleine Heron's husband, Sam Craven, is dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He had lost his job as an aeronautical engineer and refused to accept any other job. They just couldn't maintain their lifestyle on Madeleine's job as a college professor and fought often, sometimes physically. Madeleine had become disenchanted with her job and especially her students and when Sam's parents request she not sit with them at the funeral, Madeleine is devastated. Madeleine's sister, Jacqueline comes to the rescue and offers their lake cabin as a transitional residence as Madeleine had to sell the house to pay debts. At the lake, Madeleine encounters a recalcitrant neighbor, a psychotic conservation officer, a cemetery-loving digger, several murders,...and true love. Several thought-provoking themes cause the reader to take a break from nonstop actions to ponder ethical and moral possibilities.