When mystery novelist Kate Rawlings accepts a summer teaching position at her alma mater in the peaceful college town of Eden, Kentucky, she expects to have time with her ailing mother and time to write. But when her college boyfriend, Michael Mabry, makes a surprise appearance, trouble follows. Michael is on the run from his partners in a Chicago museum heist in which a valuable ancient Indian artifact called the Shooting Star was stolen and two people killed. Michael escaped with the Star and his life, but he needs money to get out of the country. After so long, Eden should be the last place anyone would think to look for him, but his partners and an insurance investigator with his own agenda are hot on his trail. Kate finds herself suspected of involvement in the heist, but when a murder occurs in Eden, she also finds herself suspected of murder.