Ellie Holmgren is no stranger to tragedy. Her only child, eight-year-old Jamie, died during a tonsillectomy, and while Ellie was trying to find a way to dig herself out of her profound grief, her husband divorced her. And now her sister, Alice, has called to tell her that Morty, Alice's husband, has killed himself. Ellie can only think, "What next?"
But was it suicide? That's the question Detective Teo Domingos, a lonely, bitter, battle-scarred Vietnam vet, asks himself. Finding the answer to that question brings him face to face with Ellie and forces them both to examine the ties of love that make and break a family.