It's a glorious June morning in upstate New York and thirty-four-year-old Loren Graham, the recently elected mayor of sleepy little Emerald Point, has found the perfect spot on the Lake George shoreline for her morning run. Perfect, that is, until she encounters sixteen-year-old Todd Lewis, discovers a car submerged in the lake, and stumbles on a decomposing corpse. The body is quickly identified as Tammy Stevenson, a beautiful, promiscuous teenager, who's been missing for a year. An autopsy confirms she has been murdered. Unexpected events which appear to be connected to the murder keep Loren on edge -a frightening visit from Tammy's drunken stepfather and a report that someone broke into Tammy's car after it was raised from the lake. There are also rumors about the owners of the hotels and motels where Tammy worked and a journal she kept. When a freak tornado slashes across a secluded campground on the Point, Loren learns how far a killer will go to cover up his crime.