HARDCOVER EDITION What connects a gay man, a murdered stripper, and a hazardous fertilizer plant? When international journalist, Paige Harrington, is told her life-long friend, Wally Adams, the leading opponent of the plant, has committed suicide, she suspects murder. A friend gives her one of Wally's personal files containing a dozen news clippings about a murdered stripper known as Peppermint and an oblique reference to ownership of the fertilizer plant, but nothing factually linking Wally, Peppermint, and the fertilizer plant. But she knows Wally and she knows the file is so accident. To find the connection, she goes to work as a stripper and begins to uncover disturbing information. Friends disappear; she is betrayed, and her life is in danger. Someone is risking everything to keep her from the truth.