Stephanie Plum feels her career as a bounty hunter has come to an end. She's been shot at, spat at, mooned at, fire-bombed and attacked by dogs. It's time to find a job her mother can tell her friends about without making the sign of the cross.
So Stephanie quits. She wants something safe and normal. But it turns out jobs that are safe and normal for most people aren't necessarily so for her. Trouble follows her, and the kind of trouble she had at the bail bonds office can't compare to what she's facing now. She's being stalked by a maniac returned from the grave for the sole purpose of putting her into a burial plot of her own.
Caught between staying far away from the bounty hunter business and staying alive, Stephanie re-examines her life and the possibility that her old job is the solution rather than the problem. After disturbingly brief careers at the button factory, Kan Klean Dry Cleaners and Cluck in a bucket, Stephanie takes an office position in security, working for Ranger, the sexiest bounty hunter and businessman on two continents. It might not be the job she'll keep for the rest of her life, but for now it gives her the technical access she needs to find her stalker.
But tempers and temperature rise as competition ratchets up between the two men in her life - her on-again, off-again boyfriend, tough Trenton cop Joe Morelli, and her bad-ass boss, Ranger. Can Stephanie take the heat?