Descended from pioneer stock, the Bateses are an aristocratic Floridian family with vast holdings in real estate and mining. When matriarch Abigail Bates is discovered drowned in the Peace River, a chain of events is set into motion, embroiling Thorn with a family he never knew he had and a fortune he doesnít necessarily want. |
Thorn is leading a fishing expedition into the isolated lakes and mangrove swamps of Hellís Bay when Abigailís son and beautiful granddaughter arrive, claiming Thorn as a long-lost relative and asking him to solve the womanís murder. Little do they know that the killer is already on their trail. Soon their houseboat becomes a precarious island of safety in a landscape of escalating violence. What does the killer want? And why is their predator so enraged, determined to kill them all no matter what the cost?