Alwych, Connecticut, is the stereotypical old money Connecticut beach town. And Chapin Waring is the worst thing that ever happened to it. She was a well turned-out debutante from a rich family until thirty years ago when she was revealed to be a bank robber and murderer. She was never to be heard from again. Until now. After a day of being spotted around town, Chapin turns up dead, and Gregor Demarkian is brought in to solve the mystery.