Chicago homicide detective Marti MacAlister has her work cut out for her these days. First, during the filming of a big Hollywood movie on location in Lincoln Prairie, the body of one of the film's stars turns up dead along the shores of the Des Plaines River. Then, the skeletal remains of another gunshot victim is found in a hundred-year-old building that is being renovated. The closer Marti comes to piecing the clues of each case, the closer she comes to suspecting that the two cases are somehow connected. But the longer it takes to sort out the clues, the more dangerous the killer becomes.