An eerie beauty settles over Tiger Tail Island, a wild refuge along Florida's Gulf Coast. But treachery and violence are woven throughout the island's history. The latest death is that of treasure hunter Timothy Hart, who discovered, and then took to his grave, Tiger Tail Island's most extraordinary secret. Newspaper reporter and crime buff Brandy O'Bannon has come to the quaint town of Homosassa to make a decision that will alter the course of her life. But she is soon drawn deeply into a web of intrigue as she seeks to unravel the mystery of Hart's murder. Brandy encounters a strange mix of characters more interested in Hart's discovery than in his death. Brandy's amateur sleuthing tries the patience of homicide detective Jeremiah Strong. But they join forces in a race against the clock to solve the crime. The intertwined fate of two Indian children, born centuries apart, rests on their success.