When free-lance journalist Sara Jo Cavanaugh comes to Wheeler to do an in-depth study for a feature on small-town America, Kate senses she will be trouble. Sara Jo stays at the B&B, Tremont House, run by Kate's sister, Donna, and drives a further wedge int Donna's marriage to Wheeler's mayor Tom Bryson.Soon she's spending way too much time interviewing high school students, one young athlete in particular. Police chief Rick Samuels ignores Kate's instinct, but lawyer David Cinkscales, her former Dallas boss, takes it seriously.
Sara Jo arouses animosity in Wheeler with her personal, intrusive questions, and when she is found murdered, the list of suspects is long. But Kate heads the list, and she must clear her name, with the help of David and Rick. A second murder confirms that someone is desperate, and now Rick is convinced Kate is in danger.
There's a love triangle, a cooking school, a kidnapping, a broken marriage, and a lot of adventure before the threads of this mystery are untangled and Wheeler can go back to being a peaceful town. Recipes included.