It’s the late 1930s as the depression is ending the war in Europe is building. “Restoration” agent Jeremy Dance must investigate the death of his former classmate. What at first appears to be an accidental drowning turns out to be a cold blooded murder. There are too few clues and too few suspects and it’s up to Jeremy to sort out motive and opportunity. The motive may or may not be related to a sordid blackmail plot involving explicit photographs. As often happens to Jeremy , two other cases present themselves, and amid the worst hurricane to hit New England one member of his household goes missing.