Layers of deadly intrigue bind generations of families in historian Lottie Albright’s Western Kansas community. When false accusations threaten senatorial candidate Brian Hadley’s political career, secrets whispered to Lottie as editor of the county history books spur a personal search for his aunt’s murderer. Lottie dons a badge to gain access to information. She delves into a horrifying “cold case” to prove her merits as a deputy and impresses Sheriff Sam Abbot with her ability to combine historical research methods and police procedure. Soon Lottie’s sister Josie adds her helpful expertise in untangling the web of families bound by a lethal legacy of prideful secrets.