The second book featuring Dave Robicheaux.
Dave Robicheaux is trying to put a life of violence and crime behind him, leaving homicide to run a boat rental business in Louisiana's bayou country. But one day, while fishing in the gulf with his wife, Annie, he witnesses an event that will change his life forever.
A small two-engine plane suddenly crashes into the sea and Robicheaux dives down to the wreckage to find four bodies and one survivor; a little girl miraculously trapped in a pocket of air. When the authorities insist only three bodies were recovered from the plant, Robicheaux decides to investigate the mystery of the missing man. But it is a decision that will exact a chilling retribution of terror, torture and sudden death.