Travis McGee is always knee deep in a mystery! This time, the mystery arrives in the middle of the night, while he is asleep on his houseboat, The Busted Flush. Carrie Milligan, an old friend, looks beat down, tired, and out of breath. She brings with her a large sum of money. She offers McGee $10,000 of it to keep the rest hidden; no questions asked. McGee doesn't deal well with a "no questions asked" policy, so he does a little investigative work to answer his un-asked questions. Carrie doesn't give much information away, and leaves the next morning. Her only instructions are to wait to hear from her, or else get the money to her sister.
Two weeks later, McGee's friend Meyer brings him news that Carrie is dead. The two men hop on The Busted Flush and Bayside, Florida to find out what happened to her. They make friends at the marina they dock at, and make their way through town questioning Carrie's former boss and friends. McGee gets on well with the marina owner, Mrs. Birdsong, but has difficulties with Carrie (and everyone else's) lawyer, Mr. Van Harn. Van Harn's soon-to-be political career is endangered by McGee's questions, and Van Harn and the local judge Schermer want McGee out of town, fast!
This report prepared by Jennifer Sexton