Detective Abish Taylor has returned to her home state of Utah to take the position as sole police detective in the small town of Pleasant View. The quiet Mormon suburb in the Wasatch Mountains seems to be the last place for crime of any kind, especially two macabre deaths with hallmarks of a sacred ritual dating back to the days of Brigham Young.
Abbie uncovers the dark side of the picturesque neighborhood—infidelity, sketchy business schemes and the corporate greed of a global religion. The deaths highlight two very different faces of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: today’s image of friendly, wholesome Mormons and the saints of the not-so-distant past who followed secret temple rituals demanding harsh punishment for those who go astray.
Despite the efforts of powerful church leaders to hamper her investigation at every turn, Abbie’s persistence and insider knowledge lead her to uncover the shocking “who” and “why” behind the grisly deaths.