"James Lee Burke is clearly passionate about New Orleans..."
As Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans, the inhabitants of the city who are unable to flee to safer ground experience the full force of the storm. In its aftermath, members of the surrounding police forces come to the city's aid, including Dave Robicheaux from Iberia's Sherriff's Department.
Much of their work involves the distressing recovery of the bodies of those drowned by the storm. However, Robicheaux is perplexed by the events leading to the shooting of two black youths who were looting the house of a local gangster. One potential suspect is Otis Baylor whose daughter was brutally raped by a gang of young black men, one of whom may be among the victims.
However, with the remaining looters on the run, it is clear that something of great value was stolen from the looted property and these burglars now have a price on their heads. As Robicheaux investigates these odd events, his family is drawn into the crisis - with violent results.