Desperate for literary inspiration and seeking refuge from a less than inspirational home life, Joe Nash finds himself lured into prostitution and white slavery. A one time best selling author, Joe is intrigued with the lifestyle of exotic dancers within his own sleepy community in Washington State. Joe convinces himself his interest is only the necessary research for his long awaited second book. Then his association with a young dancer, Sarah Michaels, challenges his middle class, middle-aged attitudes towards sex and relationships. Sarah's body is found on the mud flats of Puget Sound after one of their meetings and then Joe learns that he has been named as a suspect. He is abandoned and accused by his wife, his friends and his community. Determined to defend himself and discover why and by whom Sarah was murdered Joe begins a dangerous journey. Joe once again finds himself drawn to one of the girls and together they enter a realm beyond his imagination.