Xana Bard comes home one muggy afternoon to find a murdered man in her back yard. Knowing that even with an airtight alibi she and anyone living with her will be a suspect, she warns her off-the-grid lover Thorne Ardall to stay away until the murderer is caught. How will Xana unravel the mystery of the body in the back yard? How will World War II, gold fever, and a road trip with DeLeon Davies at the wheel factor into solving the murder? And when will the insufferably hot weather ever cool down?