Frustrated by her deteriorating love life and the return of a long-absent ex-husband, Scotia MacKinnon opts for seven days of tranquility at a retreat on neighboring Santa Monica Island. But all hopes of finding peace are dashed when Scotia becomes embroiled in a nasty struggle between the spa's innkeeper and her rustic neighbors, a series of accidents, and what looks like murder. Looks like Scotia has found herself the vacation from hell! With three marriages and twenty years of law enforcement under her belt, if anyone can pick up the pieces of clues left behind, it would be Scotia MacKinnon. Sharon Duncan is a recognized linguistic scholar, former university instructor, and language test developer, who has turned to mystery writing. She is also an accomplished sailor who divides her time between Washington State's San Juan Islands and hideaway on the Gulf of Mexico.