Homer and Mary Kelly, Harvard professors, are helping their niece Annie get set up in her new home. Annie is a very successful children's author/illustrator with a history of unhappy relationships. She builds a beautiful new addition onto her home, her dream house. Most important to her is a 35 foot wall that she will illustrate with themes from children's literature.
Her problem is the Gasts, the family that rent the original half of her home. They have an eight-year-old son with Down syndrome, who they patently do not supervise adequately. In fact, their apparent inattentiveness is quite deliberate. They are angry and resentful about having this special needs child.
The little boy, Eddy is found dead, apparently fallen from scaffolding that Annie was using to paint her wall. It appears that he came in through a door that Annie insists she locked. The Gasts sue her, and she agrees to settlement to give up ownership of her home with an agreement that she can lease it. When they break the agreement to tear down Annie's house to build a swimming pool for their manipulative 10-year-old Charlene, Annie, the Kellys, and other friends mobilize in protest to stop the bulldozers.
Meanwhile the Kellys are also looking into the disappearance of a former student of Mary's. She was a battered wife gone missing. They suspect her husband. They track the clues in both cases through newspaper articles, trail tracking of suspects, and their own observations of the people involved to pin down the the two murderers.
This report prepared by Susan Coffey