During a brutal L.A. heatwave‚ four people are murdered in the Hollywood Hills and Nikki Easton's closest friend Darla Ward has disappeared.
Nikki has known life's rough side -- she survived the streets as a teenage runaway and now brings that edge to the acting roles she sometimes lands. But she's never seen anything like the battered girl on the gurney. Is it really Darla‚ her beauty so damaged she looks barely human‚ her path to stardom ended in the basement of the County Coroner?
In her relentless search for the truth‚ Nikki discovers secrets buried before Darla was born and uncovers corruption that reaches beyond Hollywood to the highest levels of government.