For Aristotle “Soc” Socarides, private investigator, summer on Quanset Beach can be irritating. Still, this is home, and Soc likes it. That is until the day screams shatter Quanset Beach’s calm. A swimmer is killed, his body viciously disfigured. The town panics, and when bodies start coming ashore, there is no time to lose. So much for a quiet summer.