It began on April twentieth and every night since it has been the same. At 10:36 p.m., sixteen-year-old Samantha Wallace purchases a carton of milk, brings it to her wealthy father’s Cape May summer home, walks to the edge of an abandoned pier, and plummets toward the turbulent ocean. Her body fades into the darkness before it can pierce the white foam of the Atlantic below her. What horrible fate did Samantha Wallace meet at 10:36 p.m. on that old, splintered pier?
That is the question Rodger Hayden is determined to answer. Upon retiring from the New York City Police Force, Rodger and his son Max, a precocious twelve-year-old with a rare water allergy, relocate to Cape May to untangle the web of mystery surrounding Samantha’s disappearance. As the jagged pieces begin to fit together, Rodger not only discovers who the killer is, but that he is about to strike again. Rodger must save Samantha’s father, Phillip, before he meets the same gruesome fate that she did. As Rodger races to the killer’s house, the enmeshed layers of deceit reveal themselves, putting Rodger at risk of losing the one thing that matters to him most—his son.