Augustus Pierce is haunted by the death of his youngest sister, Jackie. Her death of an overdose is too reminiscent of the woman who brought them into the world, a woman whose addiction destroyed everything carefree about their lives. But the method of death, her choice of drug, sets off alarm bells that make Augustus wonder if there is something more to her death than addiction.
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Toby Voss is the only therapist who was able to get through Jackie’s walls and help her deal with the past that fueled her addiction. She is also the woman who hid from Augustus the identity of Jackie’s drug dealer. When Augustus confronts the dealer, he is surprised to find Toby already there, trying to hide a truth that has more to do with her relationship with Augustus than Jackie’s death.
As Augustus gets closer to the truth, he finds himself pulled in two directions: his need to understand what happened to Jackie and his feelings for a woman who both excites and frightens him.