Tasheka Green is a beautiful and enigmatic African-American woman in her final year of a Master of Science in Criminology at an Ivy League University. The FBI is so impressed that they’re keen on hiring her. Visiting her peaceful village of Lakeside for the Christmas holidays, she takes her dog for a walk on the golf course only to find a bloody hand sticking out of the snow next to Dead Man’s Oak on the 18th fairway. On that hand is a ring that belongs to Father Tim Murphy, the parish priest and a personal friend. But she knows it cannot possibly be him. She reports the crime and meets a handsome white detective named Thorston Henry. Erotic sparks fly. As the investigation unfolds, however, a raft of secrets are revealed, including dark secrets from Tasheka’s past. Against a backdrop of raging sexual heat, a war of wills is unleashed.