Anna McColl is supposed to be on vacation. The psychologist and sometime police consultant is just finishing up a lecture when one of the participants begs her to visit his wife, Geraldine. A murder nearby has frightened Geraldine so badly, she cannot leave her home. The woman appears to have no connection to the victim, so her reaction seems severe. Anna agrees to to give the woman two weeks of her time (and also her vacation) to see if she can help.