PI Phil Morris scores the biggest case of his life when political boss Tom Holloway hires him to find Holloway's missing 20-year-old son. It's mid-October, 1934 and a war between the Irish and Sicilian mobs engulfs Kansas City. Phil and his friendly rival, Rusty Callahan, pursue the leads, but someone goes to great lengths--even murder--to blunt the investigation. The treacherous trail they follow reveals suspects in both mobs as well as the Kansas City police department. Against his better judgment, Phil falls hard for the seductive Holloway daughter, Colleen, who seems sick over her younger brother's disappearance, but is she really? And is she the one for Phil? Phil's investigation slogs through the streets of Kansas City, its jazz clubs, and into opulence that defies a world in depression. As this vexing case twists and turns it becomes apparent that it may mean the end of Phil's career...or his life.