Kate Fansler is a private detective, but this time she is in trouble herself. Her husband has been kidnapped by radical right-wingers who threaten to harm him if she doesn't print an ad in the local paper renouncing her feminism. Kate does not want to do this as it would be harmful to her professionally, since she is a college professor at the local college, lecturing on feminism and women's history. She hires her own detectives and they are soon able to find Reed, locked up in an on-campus dorm room. Reed is safe and sound and Kate never had to write an article.
But the mystery remains of who did this. The known radical groups don't seem to be involved. Could it be someone from Kate's past, someone who has been harboring a grudge? The detectives suggest a number of tactics to try to sniff out the culprit or make them show themselves, but nothing help. Finally Kate gets an idea of who it might be and confronts her at risk to herself.
This report prepared by BethG