It may be the hottest summer in New York history, but for forty-year-old Brooklynite Emma Price, the heat is only starting to rise. After a dozen years, her husband is bailing on their marriage. To complicate matters, she's pregnant again. The her longtime babysitter drowns, a mystery that inexorably draws legal investigator into its tangled web. Together with her on-again, off-again ally, Detective Laurence Solomon, Emma will try to solve this puzzle in time to catch a killer -- a hunt that will take her deep into the crevices of her own life, and lead her to question many of the assumptions she's made about those she trusts and loves.