William (Bill) Morley attended the 1950 Boy Scout National Jamboree, traveling by rail with a group of 13 scouts from the California Central Coast, joining with a contingent from the San Joaquin Valley and the northern Sacramento Valley to travel to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania for the Jamboree and then return by rail, visiting many historic sites both going and returning.
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.