Billionaire Jonah Shacknai's eight-year-old son dies falling off a balcony in his mansion. Several days later, Jonah's live-in girlfriend, Rebecca, is found hanging, nude, with her hands tied behind her. There is an ineffective police investigation that rules her death a suicide. However, this seems unlikely to all around her. There are several suspects in this case: Jonah's brother, Adam, a tugboat captain and pornography aficionado from Memphis, arrived in Coronado the day after Max, the child, fell. There are Jonah's two ex-wives, the second being Max's mother. Ann Rule, with her reporter's nose, delves into this mysterious unsolved case.