Afro-American PI Virginia Kelly is home for the Christmas holidays. Home is the mid-West, where nothing seems to have changed. Her parents are still looking for the man in her life - but she is already mourning him - a gay friend, dead of AIDS, before she even knew he was dying. Then she attends a high school reunion, where first love Rosalee shows new, if ambiguous interest. And another old classmate, Spike, beats a rather more determined trail. A marriage of a third friend is far from the idyll it appears...and teacher Harry Hobart has lost his wife in a mysterious drowning. Now someone else is about to die.