When Amy Creighton finds the body of a young man in a mulch pile, the sixty-year-old editor is as stunned as the rest of the peaceful community of Granton, Maine. But her sharp mind and eye for detail quickly pull her into a mystery that threatens to expose some dark secrets about the inhabitants of this historic locale.
Amy and the local constable, Dort Adams, join forces and discover that the victim, William Stillman, had come from Boston to find his birth parents. But what fatal truths did he learn? Who was desperate enough to silence him in such a brutal and final manner? And what secrets can an abandoned dog found near the body reveal? A second murder victim adds a twisted thread of greed and money to the mystery -- and opens the door to a solution both shocking and tragic.