A West Air plane on its way to San Jose, California develops engine problems and plummets into the ground. As the search for bodies gets underway, one couple are convinced that their daughter, Roseanne, who has been included on the official 'missing' list, was not on the plane. Instead they are certain that their son-in-law has deliberately added her name to the list of casualties to hide the fact that he has murdered Roseanne himself. Roseanne had been threatening to divorce her philandering husband. Something that would have left him destitute.
Detective Pete Decker's attempts to help the parents unravel the mystery of their daughter's disappearance is hampered by the discovery of a female's body amongst the wreckage which is definitely not Roseanne's. He now has to investigate a thirty-year-old mystery with the only clue to the girl's identity - a piece of fabric with the name of a 1970's group stitched onto it. As the two cases progress, a common link is eventually found to connect them.