Quentin Haggerty finds love in the shipyards shortly after Pearl Harbor. He struggles with temptations from several women and learns life can be cruel, that anything can happen to a commitment, including loss, insecurity and tragedy.
Following Pearl Harbor, Quentin “Q” Haggerty is working in an Oregon shipyard when his attractive assistant Mattie asks him to investigate the theft of a family heirloom. Q is drawn to Mattie and thinks of himself as something of an amateur sleuth, but soon stumbles on to two murders. While working the case he becomes torn between wholesome Mattie and the tempting but mysterious Angelina.
Stunned by the tragic loss of his soul mate, Quentin Haggerty flees east with no destination in mind, desperate to find peace. A wise old man in a small town café nudges him to meet the town police chief, who offers him a deputy position. Q’s bearing and experience qualify him, and he signs on with misgivings. Shortly afterward the chief dies and Q is sworn in as acting chief.
In this final novel in the Trilogy set in 1947 in Nyssa, Oregon, Quentin is faced with his greatest challenge yet, to nail a serial arson killer responsible for two murders. All his detective skills are tested as he seeks to uncover motives surrounding a 22 year old rape case that ended with injustice. He faces a greater challenge of moving to a commitment with his lady love, Piper.