Michael Turner is content, if not happy. He has his own security business and is finally coming to terms with being invalided out of the Westford, Connecticut police after an undercover operation that went badly wrong. But as dawn breaks on the morning of May 21, 2000, he is unwittingly drawn into an investigation of a murdered bag lady.
Something about her is oddly familiar but where does he known her from? A chance meeting with Dr Christine James, the sister of one of his oldest friends, temporarily back in Connecticut and still grieving from the sudden, premature death of her British husband, triggers off a memory that leads to the identification of the murdered bag lady.
But the murdered bag lady had secrets that even Christine never knew and as she works closely with Michael and Detective Franconi to try to put the pieces of the puzzle together, someone else is following her movements - someone who doesn’t want secrets out in the open. When Christine finally learns the true motive for the murder, she is hurtling towards a precipice ... after all, a grieving widow can be unpredictable ...