Library assistant, Beth Williams is rushing to work through the eerily quiet city park, on the evening of the winter solstice, 1968, when a body rolls down a hill and lands near her feet. The body disappears before the police arrive, and they don’t believe a crime has been committed. So, Beth and her best friend, Evie Hanson, both mystery novel buffs, decide to investigate.
Seeking a fresh start, 30-year-old Beth has returned to her hometown, Davison City, located on the northwest Minnesota prairie, after ending a decade-long relationship that was going nowhere. Now she is successfully juggling a job and graduate school. While most of the world is transfixed by the televised images of the first manned flight to the moon, Beth’s main concern is getting to work on time.
Her peaceful life is upended when she discovers the body and glimpses a shadowy figure at the top of the hill. The police dismiss the whole thing as just a drunk who fell, was stunned, and then wandered off after regaining consciousness. But, Beth is certain that a murder was committed. The menace grows when Beth realizes she is being followed around town. Now, Beth and Evie must solve the case, before it is too late.