P.I. John Marshall Tanner returns home to the Midwest for the first time in thirty years to help decide the fate of his family farm. With his brothers and sister at loggerheads, tensions are running high.
But family squabbles give way to suspicions when Tanner’s nephew Billy is found hanging from a tree in the local park. The verdict is suicide, but Tanner doesn’t believe that Billy took his own life and there is no lack of suspects for the crime.
On his mission to expose the truth, Tanner encounters a host of former friends, and before he can untangle the mystery he will have to face a few ghosts from his own past.