Miss Araminta enjoys taking a week's holiday every fall. She always goes to the Pioneer House Bed and Breakfast near Triune, Tennessee, which is owned by her good friends Mark and Felicia Rollins.
This time, Miss Araminta finds a scene of consternation and turmoil when she starts to check in. Police Detective Davis is talking to her hostess, and both seem upset. They quickly tell her that a guest died in one of the upper rooms during the night, and his room had been vandalized by some force that did not disturb any other guest.
The guest, one Vincent Hartnet, had apparently died of fright. Davis needs Miss Araminta's sharp eyes and her trusty laptop computer to get to the bottom of this case.