Fascinated by bartender Elizabeth Marino's ambition of relentless discernment, and by Elizabeth herself, Andrew McCready joins her searching for a bar patron's girlfriend, who has disappeared without a trace.
When they find the woman, she has returned to her real identity, living in Vermont with her husband and calling herself Zuzana. Zuzana confesses her deception and the motivation behind it, describes her difficult circumstances, and asks them for help.
The pair are dragged back into the case by a sudden death. Their investigations reveal hidden secrets and suggest a dark and sinister plot. In the end, they're forced to balance the value of what they've discovered against the damage and destruction to which they have contributed.