Dead right: Barker's car has just been found. And there's something in the trunk that proves he didn't just drive away. There're more to this case. So his daughter, Madeline, hires a private investigator--even if the cops don't like it. Even if her family doesn't like it. But then P.I. Hunter Solozano starts to uncover some shocking evidence. Dead giveaway: The Reverend Lee Barker went missing and is presumed dead. In fact, the townsfolk believe he was murdered by his stepson, Clay Montgomery, although they can't prove it. Meanwhile, Allie McCormick, a cold case detective from Chicago, comes home to Stillwater to start over. Her instincts tell her he didn't kill the reverend. But then she learns more about Barker and she has to wonder whether Clay took justice into his own hands! Dead silence: There's a body buried behind a farmhouse. Grace Montgomery knows who it is and why it happened. She's kept her mouth shut all this time. But now, after thirteen years away, she comes back to Stillwater to confront the past. Widower Kennedy Archer is from a prominent family and he's running for mayor. He needs to stay as far away from the lovely Grace with her toxic history. And yet...he can't.