Jeffrey Chaussier is trying to escape his past by performing at theaters in the Midwest. When his father dies in New Orleans under suspicious circumstances, Jeff returns to the city he loves to probe into that death. Jeff is no detective, but he is a dutiful son. He reconnects with his former New Orleans life: his musician brother; the fire fighter brother; the brother who can fix anything; his formidable mother; his politician uncle.
Bryna no longer has her brother's child to care for. Jeff is tired of the life of an itinerant actor and is also unusually flush with money from a London engagement. Things are on track, even though the flight home (his least favorite form of transportation) has left him woozy from self-medication. He wakes to an uncertain morning, unclear whose bed it is he finds himself in.
Jeff Chaussier has left his mediocre career as an actor in the Midwest because of another family problem, this time with his cousin Cal. Back in New Orleans with another mystery to solve, he discovers his old friends are dealing with a thriving drug trade. His search sends him to the university theatre, drug lairs, and Bryna's patio to see if there is still a flame burning there. Has she healed from her injuries suffered in their first adventure?