|In an atmosphere of alcohol and drugs that defines the lives of more than a few people in eastern Wisconsin the year Janis Joplin died, treacherous waves on Lake Michigan toss Insurance Investigator Pepper Bibeau into the company of an intriguing and self-reliant blind lady who is haunted by past events. This lady presents Pepper with an unusual request to help clear up a murder. In an attempt to link these events to an investigation on her cousin's life insurance claim, Pepper delves into a family history she didn't know existed.|
Curiousity, family skeletons best left undisturbed, and a possible connection between a grandaunt's death and one of her investigations, has Pepper weighing the fate of the living against memories of the dead.
Pepper's son resides in Hawaii, but his father lives right next door, and Homicide Sergeant Rick Janus wants to resume a relationship that faded ten years ago. A week-end fishing trip could prove interesting, provided no more dead bodies pile up.
Well-intended deeds of ancestors often lead to unwise choices, even for those sworn to uphold the law. Because of her mixed heritage, Pepper has dealt with prejudice during most of her twenty-eight years and always managed to keep her hackles lowered around bigoted people. Until now. A situation left to simmer builds to a confrontation that will not allow her to walk away. By the time she figures out what her cousin's missing high-top pink sneaker has to do with a letter written by a fifteen-year-old nun in Paris, the loaded revolver is cocked and aimed at Pepper's heart.