Peter McKrall is at a crossroadsout of work, fighting a klepto habit, and trying to figure out his next move. Life takes an unexpected turn when a search for his nieces stuffed dog leads him to something else entirely: a bullet-riddled corpse. Talking to reporters lands Peter on the local news, which turns out to be a dangerous spotlight. And now Darla, the troubled daughter of the victim, is reaching out to himbut can she be trusted? When a second murder takes place and evidence is planted in his trash, the cops dredge up Peters painful history. The only ray of sunshine in this harrowing nightmare is Ruby Jane, whose warm smile melts the winter chill. An unwitting player in a bizarre chain of events, Peter has no idea that the deranged killer is after himuntil he takes a shot at Ruby Jane.