Early one morning, Times-Picayune crime reporter Nola Cespedes goes for her regular run in Audubon Park. Instead, Nola finds herself at the scene of a crime when she discovers a dead body. Worse, Nola recognizes the victim: Judith Taffner, her former journalism professor at Tulane. Not convinced Dr. Taffner's murder was the random work of a psychopath, Nola takes it upon herself to investigate.
Nola Cespedes, an ambitious young reporter at the Times-Picayune, finally catches a break: an assignment to write her first full-length feature. While investigating her story, she also becomes fixated on the search for a missing tourist in New Orleans' French Quarter. As Nola's work leads her into a violent criminal underworld, she's forced to face disturbing truths from her own past.