Former lawyer Nicole Fitzhenry-Dawes has packed up her life in Washington, D.C., to move to the tourist town of Fair Haven, Michigan, and take over the maple syrup business she inherited from her uncle.
But trouble seems to find Nicole wherever she goes.
Caught in a snow storm on her way into town, she hits what she thinks is a deer. It turns out to be the manager of the local animal shelter, and the collision isn't the primary cause of death.
Feeling guilty anyway, Nicole convinces the interim police chief to allow her to help with the case, even though she's also busy trying to settle in to her new role as owner of Sugarwood and figure out her unusual friendship with the county medical examiner.
As Nicole closes in on being able to put the killer behind bars, will she manage to find the evidence she needs before the murderer puts her in a cage—or a body bag—instead?