At first, LaShawn Tompkins's murder seems straightforward enough. The former drug dealer was gunned down on his mother's doorstep in what appeared to be just another case of turf warfare. But when Seattle investigator J. P. Beaumont starts digging, the situation becomes more complicated than he'd thought. Meanwhile, Beau's lover and fellow cop, Mel Soames, is looking into the mysterious deaths of several registered sex offenders. Details of the latest suggest foul play, even possibly an inside job, but Mel isn't letting it go. When her investigation becomes entangled with Beau's, the two begin to uncover a nightmarish conspiracy that could involve people in high places.