Fledgling reporter Abby Reed’s world is turned upside down when friend and mentor Patrick McDonnell is found murdered. Wanting to bring closure to their relationship as well as his life and career, Abby decides to finish his last story, and that means she’s going to have to start asking a lot of questions.
Marcus Anderson, an amateur art historian and employee of the District Attorney’s office, keeps popping into Abby’s life and getting under her skin. He proves himself knowledgeable and becomes an important source of information. But as she's beginning to realize, first impressions can be deceiving. And besides, how could someone so attractive be so annoying?
Tracking down Patrick’s story leads Abby into the South Florida art scene where she finds out it’s not just the brushes that are dirty. She uncovers long-hidden secrets, drawing the attention of powerful men who will stop at nothing to keep her from exposing a decades-long scam with world-wide ramifications.