California's north coast is quiet, lonely, and rugged, and not a place well known for murder. But when an investigator looking into a possible suicide is murdered, Jimmy Davis interrupts his retirement and takes the case. But as soon as he gets to the scene, the main suspect also turns up dead. Connecting the three deaths is all the more difficult because everyone in the small community seems to be guilty. The pretty singer was dating the married suspect, and her footprints are at the cliff where he fell. The daughter of the first victim has several motives, as do most of the other locals who knew the three dead men. A new approach to the investigation is needed, or the next investigator may end up dead as well. A new approach is exactly what Jimmy Davis brings, but he also brings a gun.