Beautiful, voluptuous Nerine Tarrant has everything a woman could want: a famous surgeon husband, a palatial home, a handsome, intelligent son. Why, then, does she apparently jump to her death from a balcony outside her bedroom? The railing is thigh-high, so it's unlikely she would topple over by accident. Luke Thanet believes she was pushed. Nerine had enemies, both known and unknown, starting, perhaps, with her husband. A well-respected doctor, Roland Tarrant claims he understood and forgave his wife's many infidelities. But Thanet knows that murders often have domestic origins, especially when the motive is strong. Could Tarrant really be as docile as he seems? Then there's Nerine's mother0in0law, who is senile and has had a pattern of destroying things in Nerine's room. Her companion, Marilyn Barnes, also has had reason to dislike and fear Nerine. Marilyn and her ten-year-old son need a secure place to live and Nerine could have deprived them of it. Thanet and his partner, Sergeant Mike Lineham, find suspects enough in Nerine's stately home, but they know they must also look into her past. Local gossip paints Nerine as a homebreaker -- the kind of woman who seduces a man into leaving his family and then refuses to marry him. She has wrecked lives. Perhaps she has now paid the ultimate price.