Peter Quinn has a successful career, a father running for governor of Massachusetts, a waterfront home in an affluent coastal town, and a beautiful wife. His perfect life and marriage become troubled as he and his wife, Marilyn, try to cope with her partial paralysis from an automobile accident. Peter's business takes him to New York, where he meets Michelle Nicole, a beautiful exotic dancer, who is caught in a destructive relationship with a charismatic criminal named Ralph Sacco.
Peter is infatuated with Michelle until he realizes, too late, the peril of the involvement. She enlists Ralph into a scheme to share Peter's wealth. Peter and Marilyn are drawn into the dangerous world of Michelle and Ralph. Throughout the book, the wealthy and politically powerful Boston characters contrast with the underworld of New York. Dark secrets from both sides unravel as the book moves toward its conclusion of retribution and redemption.