It is 1775 in New York City and the whispers of revolution are everywhere. Young physician John Peter Tonneman has just returned from his studies abroad and must face the clashes between the colonies and the King. Newly appointed Coroner, Tonneman faces his first cases when first one, then another young woman is discovered with her head severed. Aided by Constable Daniel Goldsmith, he follows murky clues in unexpected directions as an even more extraordinary plot develops. This is part of the series on the Tonneman family.