On a lovely summer afternoon, on a small island off the coast of New England, seven year old Lisa Walden's birthday party ends with a tragic death after seven year old Zeke Freilich finds a gun in his father's boathouse.
Twenty years later, that same father, Bill Freilich, is invited to a holiday party along with some of his worst enemies:
Cody Walden, who still blames Bill Freilich for her sister's death.
Margaret Freilich, Bill's former wife.
Wynne Van Tillburg,who lives in poverty on the island after being fired by Bill.
Sam Beattie, who blames Bill Freilich for cheating him out of his inheritance.
Over the course of that weekend, still others (whom fans of the authors' previous novel, The Avenging ofNevah Wright, will recognize) develop motives and have opportunities to take their revenge on Bill Freilich. As tensionmounts, Asa Coombs, the island's part time deputysheriff, is burdened with the task of preventing another tragedy.
An insightful, and often humorous, foray into the livesand manners of those who live and summer on the beautiful islands off the Atlantic Coast.