The novel is set in Hollymount College, an Eastern American girl's school. Several "private detectives," including a young newspaper reporter, a homely but witty student, and a beleaguered college president, become involved in the murder of handsome English professor Kevin Boyle. It is the staff psychologist who finally puts the pieces together.
Exclusive Hollymount College — never had an unpleasant incident tarnished the reputation of this venerable institution. When Kevin Boyle — English professor and unabashed womanizer — is found brutally murdered, the school's president is singularly reluctant to talk to the press. Not so Molly Morrison, a student who dramatically confesses her guilt — and her passion for the deceased. In a stunningly original showdown, Kate Innes, a spunky student with a thirst for the truth, exposes the dark shadows that lurk behind Hollymount's staid facade.