The Fourth of July is one of the hottest on record and even the breeze off Penobscot Bay can t seem to cool things down for Faith Fairchild and the rest of the folks on Sanpere Island. After the celebrations are over, Faith discovers a body in the woods near The Birches, an early twentieth-century cottage. The body is identified as The Birches housekeeper. The death is only one of the dramatic events upending the historic house. A family gathering has been called to decide who will inherit the estate that has been in the Proctor family for generations. With this much money involved, it s just a matter of time before trouble arises."