Roberta Rhodes dies in her bedroom, an apparent suicide. But certain clues suggest to Quincy that all may not be as it appears. Then newspaperman Paul Reardon approaches Quincy with a bombshell: Congressman Charles Sinclair was with Roberta on the night she died. Did Sinclair, a Senatorial hopeful, kill the movie star? And if he did, why? Quincy finds this case like an artichoke – he must peel back layers of lies and half truths from everyone involved until he reaches the heart of it – the real reason Roberta Rhodes died.