'What you have here is Winifred's journal, or at least the piece of it that was later found . . .'
When Winifred Ashby mysteriously vanishes on a trip to London, private investigator Kate Fansler is called in to help. Armed only with Winifred's enigmatic journal, her late aunt's novels and a piece of folded plastic with a pin in the back, Kate must use her intuition to solve Winifred's baffling disappearance. But Kate's investigation reveals far more when she unravels Winifred's secret past and uncovers an intertwined string of friendship, inheritance, illegitimacy and passion.