Hannah Smith is a fishing guide in Florida. She inherited the business and home from her uncle, Doc Ford. He was the father who Hannah never had and she was the son that Doc never had.
It's the end of the fishing season and things are tight financially. Hannah knows she'll have to take on some type of part time work, just to pay the bills.
One of her wealthy fishing clients asks her if she would help find his niece. She's not really missing but might be held under the influence of an unscrupulous man.
Besides the fishing, Hannah had also helped her uncle with his investigations so she accepts the client's offer.
The narrative displays Hannah's growth as a new investigator and cries out in protest because people don't think she can do the job either because she's a woman or not highly educated.
The characters are interesting, in particular Hannah and her gay friend, Nathan. The Gulf Coast setting is well described and we can almost smell the fish and see the mounds of shells as Hannah goes about her business. I enjoyed the book and think it is a worthy successor to the Doc Ford series.
The author lives on Sanibel Island, Florida, where he was a light-tackle fishing guide for many years so his descriptions in this novel and his other work, are filled with visual scenes based on his past.