Lili Molina, a local teenager chosen for the most coveted role in the annual Santa Barbara Solstice celebration, is found brutally murdered in the parade workshop. In spite of well-founded misgivings, P.I. Jaymie Zarlin agrees to take on the case.
It’s August, and the waves are pumping one afternoon when a popular high school surfer drowns—not in the ocean, but in a tank at the city aquarium. The police are calling Skye Rasmussen’s death an accident, but his distraught parents are unconvinced. So is Jaymie Zarlin.
A panga boat lands on a Santa Barbara beach in the night. Drugs are swiftly offloaded—but drugs are not all this boat carries. When Chucha Robledo arrives to collect her daughter, she finds the boat empty. Desperate, she goes to the one person in town she can trust to find her baby girl.