Diagnosed with terminal cancer, Simon Russell would be dead in a matter of time. Why would someone want to murder him? Was this an opportunity for his wife's old boyfriend to resume his relationship with her? Does his cousin's newfound revelation have anything to do with Simon's death? What did Simon's best friend know about the dead stranger found in Asbury Park? Did the stranger have something to do with Simon?
Two of Simon's friends, Dark Ansgreth and Zoë Jantzen, work with Lieutenant Lance Cameron to uncover the mystery of Simon's untimely death during a reunion of college friends in historic Ocean Grove on the Jersey Shore. Is there any connection between the intermittent appearance in Ocean Grove of someone pictured in the crime scene where Dark's wife was killed on the west coast and Simon's death? Who put the prescription bottle in Zoë's dresser? Does the lieutenant actually think she might be guilty? Is Lieutenant Cameron's considerate attention honest concern for Zoë or an effort to trap her?