a summer of sizzling heat in Charlotte where Dr. Temperance Brennan,
forensic anthropologist for the North Carolina medical examiner, looks
forward to her first vacation in years. A romantic vacation. She's
almost out the door when the bones start appearing.
charred remains turn up in a woodstove. A small plane crashes in a North
Carolina cornfield on a sunny afternoon. Both pilot and passenger are
burned beyond recognition. And what is the mysterious black substance
covering the bodies? Most puzzling of all are the bones discovered at a
remote farm outside Charlotte. The remains seem to be of animal origin,
but Tempe is shocked when she gets them to her lab.
from a special detective friend, Tempe must investigate a poignant and
terrifying case that comes at the worst possible moment. Daughter Katy
has a new boyfriend who Tempe fears may have something to hide. And
important personal decisions face Tempe. Is it time for emotional
commitment? Will she have the chance to find out?
wait on the bones. Why are the X rays and DNA so perplexing? Who is
trying to keep Tempe from the answers? Someone is following her and
Katy. That someone must be stopped before it's too late.