The story begins in July 1936 when the city of Toronto is undergoing a record breaking heat wave. CHARLOTTE FRAYNE is working as a private investigator, a junior associate in a small (two person) investigating company owned by T.GILMORE.
Working on her first case, she discovers that the detective in charge is somebody she met some years ago. His name is JACK MURDOCH. He is following in his father’s footsteps. His father was Detective William Murdoch, now retired to Nova Scotia.