Seven Springs, Illinois has been touted nationally as a picturesque paradise in the Midwest. Healing spa treatments, gourmet cuisine, wineries and microbreweries, excellent educational opportunties, and important local historical significance – all hustling a brisk tourist trade, even if most of the town’s persona is fabricated. So city leaders are not pleased when three seemingly unrelated 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. Her law partner is Matt Miller, the town’s hard-drinking, hard-living top criminal defense lawyer, and his clientele includes those from the underbelly of life that the rest of this community would prefer to pretend don’t exist.
Erica has spent enough of her life in this faux wonderland and is ready to pull up stakes and find paradise elsewhere. But when Hannah, the daughter of Erica’s closest friend, becomes the prime suspect in the latest death, now classified as a murder, she postpones her escape.
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 connection between the three deaths. A decades old deception is exposed, and a massive criminal operation involving prominent citizens in high places starts to unravel. Lies, betrayal, and scandal threaten to rip away the veneer of a town teetering on self-destruction.
Erica longs to pack her bags and leave the citizens of Seven Springs to their wretched mess. But uncovering the secrets of too many powerful people has put her own life is at risk. Erica has no choice but to put the pieces together and bring the real killer to justice.