Changing attitudes about women and race are at the core of this murder mystery set in 1960s Baltimore. Maddie Swartz is a privileged and sheltered housewife who ditches her marriage of 20 years to pursue a more passionate and meaningful life. Her curiosity and her instincts put her at the center of two murder investigations. The first results from the discovery of the body of a missing child. The second, The Lady in the Lake case, refers to a body of a young black woman found in a fountain whose murder is not at the top of anyone’s priorities, because of her race. Maddie’s pursuit of answers is the core of the novel, and changes her life.