Bookstore owner Rachel Hennings is understandably intrigued when she learns that Wilbur DeMarco, a leading crime writer in the '30s, wants to sell his collection of books published in 1937. She finds Demarco's entire house, in Idyllwild outside LA is a shrine to 1937, from appliances to magazines, The author doesn't explain his interest in the year, nor his sudden willingness to sell his memorabillia. When he is killed the day after she has agreed to buy his books, Rachel decides to solve the mysteries of his murder and obsession. A present day land development scam mixes with movie industry secrets from a half century ago, providintg plenty of red herrinhgs for the amateur detective, seen before in the Gathering Place. The solution involves a pre WW2 left wing political organization in Hollywood, a murder in Times Square on New Year's day 1938, a suicide, embezzlement and a daughter's zealous guarding of her father's good name.