A stubborn and irascible commercial fisherman turns up dead while fishing 100 miles from the shore; the police call it an accident but it looks like suicide.
The man’s wife, though, knows it’s murder. She knows just the person to find the murderer: her insurance agent, a man she dated one time in high school. Armed with a secret he hasn’t told anyone, she convinces him to come to her aid.
When the narrator strolls the dock at the yacht club he finds himself in a situation more weird than he could ever have imagined. Nor could he have imagined it would involve a long-time friend and cause him to tell lies to cancel a dinner date. The reader will have much to ponder. For a long time.