The police investigate the murder of Alice Fielding who is found strangled in her flat. As they investigate her friends and acquaintances they find that her old boyfriend is now dating her mother. On the same night, the police have a second murder to investigate, that of Sam Glazer, a property developer who is on the verge of bankruptcy due to a drop in the housing market. They suspect Cassandra Wallis who was in the flat when Glazer was killed but was so drunk that she remembers very little of what happened. When Alembic and Stone learn that both Fielding and Glazer were in the same hotel the night of their deaths, they realize they have a far more complex puzzle to solve.