Alwych, Connecticut, is the stereotypical old money Connecticut beach town. Chapin Waring is the worst thing that ever happened to this town. She was a well turned-out debutante from one of the richest families in Alwych until thirty years ago when the young debutante, destined to attend the right school, marry the right man, and have the right life, was revealed to a bank robber and a murderer --- she disappeared, never to be heard from again. To learn why she died, Gregor Demarkian, retired profiler for the FBI, is brought in to finally solve the mysteries surrounding Chapin Waring.
Martha Heydrich is the stay-at-home wife of a very rich husband, and is rumored to be having an affair with a local teenager. One morning she seemingly vanishes from her house, and later that night her husband Arthur returns home to find the pool house ablaze.