Conrad Labarde, a Basque fisherman transplanted to the shores of Amagansett, knows there's something strange about the weight in the net that he and his partner Rollo are pulling from the deep. Little did they suspect that it would be the body of a beautiful young socialite. Deputy Chief Tom Hollis, like Labarde, is not a native of the fishing village, but a policeman who has come from New York and the scandal that ruined his career. His wife has left him, and his only real friend is the uncannily talented town photographer, Abel Cole. His boss wants him to leave things well enough alone, do a brief investigation for paperwork purposes, and move on to his other responsibilities.
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