Tony Petrocelli accepts the defence of Emily Burke. She is accused of having murdered the bestseller-author Mark Orland, because he was about to publish piquant details about her past. Best-selling Mark Orland, author of sensational novels, plans a new book-all too revealing- about the past lives of three old friends. When he turns up slain, Petrocelli finds himself defending a woman charged with his murder and with every reason to wish him dead. His investigations lead to the discovery that several other people would have wished the author dead.