The 2am phone call is from a young, frightened, lost girl who has called the one adult who had promised to help her if she ever got into any trouble - she has turned to Myron Bolitar.
But Myron's help proves not to be enough. Stumbling from his Manhattan bed, he races down to pick up her up from a cold street-corner and take her back to safety. But - against his better judgment - she persuades him to drop her at an unknown address in the suburbs. This is a mistake that he lives to regret, for Aimee Biel's final wave from a darkened porch turns about to be the last time anyone will see her at all.
Driven by guilt and the desperation of her family, Myron decides to break his vow of six years and get involved in the search himself. But his past will not be buried so easily... and Myron must decide once and for all who he is and what he will stand up for if he is to have any hope of rescuing both Aimee and himself.