Intrigue builds as Helen Grant, Lahaina's Historian, begins
researching the genealogy of the Smythe family. Using microfilmed
depositions, old logs, and letters, she unearths five generations,
dating from 1844, during Lahaina's whaling days, to a present
day U.S. Senator. When Jamie's body washes up on the beach, Helen
and Ben, along with their friends, Nacho and Justin, begin to
learn surveillance, snooping, and eavesdropping, in a somewhat
bumbling but determined attempt to find the killer. As they close
in on the suspect, they plan a daring sting operation that puts
Helen and Mambo, the cat, face to face with the killer and his
When the murderer is safely behind bars, Helen leaves
for Hana on an archaeological dig, where she meets Ioane, a local
man who helps locate the Hawaiian side of the Smythe family.
A letter arrives too late to warn Jamie of impending danger, but
succeeds in bringing closure to a 30-year-old mystery, adding
the final nail to the killer's coffin.