Retired Detective A.C. LaFleur is back in Oswego, New York, from a well-deserved winter in Florida. But as soon as he returns, his friend, nurse Maggie Malone, calls from the Syracuse burn ICU, with a request: a young girl has been severely burned in an apartment fire, and local authorities are slow to investigate.
A newspaper article from 1964 appears mysteriously one day in an Oswego, New York hospital operating room. It's an obituary describing the bizarre suicide of a young nurse, found dead in a hospital lounge, hooked up to an anesthesia machine. Retired police detective A.C. LaFleur is asked to find out why the article has appeared again, after all these years--and what really happened that day?