When the landlady of Brad Loving's vacated house rings pest control over what she suspects is a dead rat, a shocking discovery is made five bodies, two of which are skeletal. One of the bodies is that of Emily Sherman, whose stepmother, Martha, Homicide Investigator Lucinda Pierce helped convict for Emily's murder. As doubts are raised over the investigation and another of Lucinda's previous cases, and her young friend, Charley Spencer, is arrested on suspicion of vandalism, Lucinda faces her toughest test yet . . .