Seven Springs, Illinois has been touted nationally as a picturesque paradise in the Midwest, hustling a brisk tourist trade, even if most of the town’s persona is fabricated. So city leaders are not pleased when three suspicious deaths occur in rapid succession. Such is not the fodder from which headlines for paradise are drawn.
Erica Redmond, a local attorney in general practice, is not surprised by these events. She and her law partner are successful defense attorneys, and their clientele include those from the underbelly of life that the rest of this community would prefer to pretend don’t exist in paradise.
The recently widowed Erica has lost her passion for the law and her aunt, the only family connection Erica has, is close to death. Erica is ready to pull up stakes and find paradise elsewhere. But when Hannah, the daughter of Erica’s childhood friend, becomes the prime suspect in the latest death, now classified as a murder, Erica finds her purpose renewed.
Despite Hannah’s troubled past, Erica is convinced of Hannah’s innocence. But the police don’t appear to be considering any other suspects, so Erica launches her own investigation. As she digs deeper, Erica uncovers a decades old deception and a massive criminal operation involving prominent citizens in high places. Erica finds her own life in danger as lies, betrayal, and scandal threaten to rip away the veneer of a town teetering on self-destruction.