Returning to her childhood home on a year's sabbatical in order to care for her aged mother, historian Gillian Adams expects to see little in the way of excitement. The sleepy rural campus of Stanton College, though situated within easy reach of New York, has somehow escaped the violence which plagues the big city . . . until the body of a young female student is discovered on a lonely stretch of country road.
As the police uncover evidence of the victim's bizarre double life and the murder hunt gains momentum, the town finds itself in the grip of a maelstrom, with more than one of Gillian's childhood friends - and enemies - being sucked into the investigation. Can it be that one of them is the killer?