This is the second in a historical hotels mystery series following Syndney, a young woman journalist in 1953 as she tours famous hotels and while attempting to write a human interest story, always finds herself involved in a murder. In this case, she is at the Luther Hotel's (Est. in Palacios, Texas in 1903) New Year's Eve ball when a man she has a bird watching date with falls dead at her feet. Her finger prints are on the weapon and an overzealous sheriff up for re election arrests her. After one day in jail, Sydney must find the real murdered in order to clear her own name.. or she is going back to the jail cell.