At the scene of a brutal murder, these words are scrawled on a wooden plaque and tied around the neck of a former prostitute: WHAT IF YOU HADNaT? This chilling calling card has linked the latest victim to four others, confirming that there is a serial killer using this peaceful college community in northern California as a hunting ground. The emotionally fueled search for a sadistic serial killer takes lead detective Brad Belser down a mysterious road full of dark secrets and facts that seem more fictional than true. Lt. Belser is drawn into an explosive love affair with Teagan Chandler, the sister of a woman who quickly becomes the primary suspect in this murder investigation. Unraveling the whole truth comes at a high price for Teagan Chandler. She would have to forfeit everything that is dear to her: a sister whom sheas protected her whole life, the man she loves and very possibly her own life.