The discovery of a destitute family in her office basement leads V.I. Warshawski to homeless charity Home Free. But the organisation’s frosty reception gives V.I. cause for concern, especially when one of its board members is then found murdered, sprawled across her desk . . .
Taking on the case, V.I. uncovers a framework of domestic abuse and fraud which spreads across the whole of Chicago, as well as into the abandoned tunnels beneath the city streets – where more dark secrets have been buried . . .