It began with the mysterious disappearance of Harriet Hollingsworth-Eastport, Maine's snoopiest resident. Everyone is convinced the old busybody bolted out of town to escape her creditor-everyone except Jake and her best friend, Ellie, who suspect otherwise. But they'll need to come up with proof more sinister than a pair of abandoned binoculars. Just as Jake starts poking around for clues, things take a troubling turn for the worse. A suspicious accident nearly kills her teenage son, Sam, and her husband, Wade, just misses getting his head blown off. Jake is prepared to attribute these incidents to a spate of bad luck-until another accident leaves a visitor to Eastport unmistakably dead.