Raam and Kayman are newlyweds, learning where the buttons are and hoping for the honeymoon that keeps getting put off while they follow leads that take them from a conjugal bed in their Beverly Hills condo to a jail cell in historic San Miguel de Allende to a killer’s compound in Los Angeles, in search of the common ground from which to defend a family treasure and avenge a family wrong.
Kayman Karl, an independent private investigator struggling with the loss of her Marine Corps husband in Iraq and not at all interested in a replacement part, has been hired by a distraught father to investigate the disappearance of his daughter from a Camelot cruise ship. She and her client would love to have Sixty Minutes on the case.
Raam and Kayman are on a collision course, and their first meeting leads to instant dislike, but a murderous shipboard encounter throws them together in a race to decipher the killer’s clues before he kills again. Proximity leads to familiarity, active libidos eventually attract, and Raam is prepared to waive Kayman’s entrance exam for Commoner College–until they realize that Kayman fits the profile of previous victims and they must double their efforts to fend off a common enemy.
Restoration of the property, under the guidance of an outrageously tattooed performance artist working on her graduate thesis at the UCLA film school, has been a financial black hole, but the caretaker’s cottage offers a secret hideaway where Raam and Kayman can sneak away to get to know each other for better and better– and avoid the murderous intentions of the politician whose motives have evolved from greed to revenge.
Raam is tall and sturdy and a former athlete; and Kayman is smart and fearless and a crack shot; but they’ll have to retreat to their common place to escape the impact of a tiny blue butterfly that has the power to change everything.