Twenty-five years ago homicide detective Lucan Kades wife disappeared—never to be located, the last-known victim of a serial killer dubbed The Cipher. The killer tortures then buries the victims alive, leaving behind a severed thumb and cryptic clues to the location. Donna, the victim before his wife, Kade was able to rescue. Now—twenty-five years later—Donna is abducted in the same manner as before. Has The Cipher returned after all these years? Or a copycat as COP turned P.I. Kade contends. Assisted by his son and daughter-in-law, Kade hacks a bloody swath through a crooked lawyer, and violent bikers, who warn him off the case, to uncover answers at long last. The question is can Kade get over his guilt for failing to save his wife and his unlawful interference all those years ago. Will Kade finally be able to close the case, locate his wifes body and achieve some closure? Also, in the mix is Kade’s on-off relationship with his wife’s sister. Can their relationship finally develop past the specter of this old case? Kade’s narrative unfolds in the present as well as 1987.