Jenny Cain didn't particularly like pompous, wealthy do-gooder MaryDell Paine, but she wasn't unsympathetic to her plea. MaryDell wanted the Port Frederick Civic Foundation, which Jenny headed, to fund a recreation centre for former mental patients in the basement of an abandoned church. Despite competition from another buyer, Jenny was optimistic. Most of the neighbours didn't object to the centre - until a man was found slashed to death in the basement, and all clues pointed to a paranoid schizophrenic patient. But when Jenny plunges into the shifting motivations of nervous neighbours, jealous lovers, greedy realtors and even her own charming, ne'er-do-well assistant, she comes up with another conclusion - one that puts her squarely in a cold-blooded murderer's line of fire.