THE DUCK POINT YACHT CLUB, LOCATED ON A PENNINSULA ON THE NEW ENGLAND COAST, HAS WELCOMED INVITEES FOR OVER ONE HUNDRED FIFTY YEARS. When the charred relic of the club’s dory appears on the river and a naked wooden leg peeps out from under the stern thwart, two men suffering from professional loneliness are suddenly thrust into the midst of a murder mystery. Paul Leach is a retired orthopedic surgeon who, with the help of a down-and-out police detective, becomes a self-appointed murder investigator. Eva Gitane, a seductive young beauty, has mysteriously vanished; when her body part turns up abruptly, Leach becomes frustrated by a confusing trail of gruesome clues. Unable to pinpoint any one of three males who once rivaled for Evas attention as her killer, Leach focuses on locating her body, wherever it might lie—underground or underwater. As body pieces continue to emerge...

Body parts from a missing woman surface piece by piece and compel a bone surgeon to search for her corpse, the killer, and his freedom.