When the death of her beloved Uncle Loy draws Helen Black back to Mississippi, she finds herself in the midst of another mystery -- and this one involves her own family. Helen wonders whether Uncle Loy's last words might have explained the photo she finds of Uncle Loy with a beautiful woman or the sudden appearance of corporate lawyers offering Aunt Edna what appears to be hush money. These strange events set Helen on the trail of a conspiracy that grows deeper and darker as she unravels the connections between human need, corporate greed, sex, death, and power. Helen, too, is unraveling, however: unable to resist either booze, risky sex, or a trail she's been warned not to follow, her unpredictable behavior risks the lives of the very people she would like to protect, as well as the love of the one woman she still trusts. Ultimately, Helen must decide whether getting to the bottom of a mystery is worth hitting bottom herself.