When ex-cop-turned-college professor Colt Keel dies in an explosion on his sailboat, lead investigator Jake Lester thinks it's an accident. Amy, Keel's wife believes it was murder, and she's determined to find the truth. When Jake realizes it was no accident, Amy is right at the top of the list of suspects. Jake suspects Amy, because he knows secrets from Keel's past. Amy suspects everybody else. Keel was always a controversial figure, often doing the wrong thing for the right reason. Keel and his wife had become environmental activists. By trying to find out who killed Keel, a man of many identities emerges. He was a classic idealist, who loved his family, life, and the environment. Amy decides to become actively involved in the investigation, a fact Jake is non too pleased with. Why can't she just stay out of his way and let him do his job? Although they are at odds at every turn, Jake develops a begrudging admiration for Amy's staunch dedication to finding her husband's murderer. With a suspect list of crooked politicians, marina bums, and other unsavory characters, finding the killer isn't going to be easy.