Art teacher Maggie MacNulty never thought she would find herself tracking down a murderer terrorising the well heeled residents of the affluent Main Line of Philadelphia. When she volunteered to assist an order of religious sisters with a fundraiser to help renovate an abandoned girls school, Maggie gets entangled in a web of deceit, fraud and bloodshed. Amidst the power and money of the wealthy players of society’s most elite, a peaceful Main Line mansion becomes a crime scene, deceit befalls the prosperous members of the posh Wayne Country Club, greed leads to money laundering, and an abandoned school is more haunted than one might think. In the end some people will do anything to maintain their standing in society and keep their secrets. Maggie must not only exonerate her wrongly accused younger brother, Johnny, before his life and future are ruined, but she must try to find the real murderer before he or she finds Maggie.
Gripping intrigue is combined with page turning suspense as Maggie’s eagerness to find the real murderer of Kate Worthington, socialite and philanthropist of the historic Main Line, becomes more urgent. Maggie’s friends introduce her to attractive attorney, Steve English, who assists her in the search for the true killer. While Maggie is infiltrating the posh country clubs and estates of the wealthy locals, Steve uncovers a web of deceptive financial deals and insurance fraud. Some of the most affluent of society are paying the bills for their extravagant lifestyle with other people’s money. When their misdeeds are uncovered, some of their victims consider seeking revenge.
Meanwhile the campus and buildings of an old, abandoned boarding school are being renovated. A group of religious sisters and their benefactors are restoring deserted and neglected antique structures from the long-ago farm school. As the forsaken buildings are returned to their former glory, rumors of ghostly occurrences unnerve the volunteers.
Now Maggie and the others learn that decades before the school’s renovation, a young student mysteriously went missing. Did she run away or was she the victim of a crime? Once a skeleton is discovered in a shallow grave, the quest for her identity sets off a series of spine chilling events. Will the true cause of the child’s death be discovered or will someone stop at nothing to prevent her story from being told. The mystery that links the beautiful estates and lifestyles of the Main Line with the deserted and ghostly campus of the old school becomes clearer. As Maggie’s curiosity compels her to find the answers, her own life is at risk.