Byron Sanders Forrester returns to Tyler for his brother Cliff's wedding to Liza Baron. What Cliff doesn't know is that he was in Tyler once before, spying on him, and had an affair with town "spinster" Nora Gates. Now that he's here, both Cliff and Nora need to resolve their issues with Byron and his actions of three years ago.
Since Cliff and Liza factor quite heavily in this book, I find it quite impressive how well Carla Neggers writes for characters created by Pat Warren. They seem very consistent. Nora and Byron are also very compelling, with a fully realized back story. Even though we are closer (in proximity) to the "Body at the Lake" not much more information is revealed yet, but at least discussion about it wasn't irrelevant to the action like in book 2