Beautiful Gillian Williston learns--after recovery from a near-fatal auto accident--that her California-based, one-time fiancÃ‰e, still occasional lover Ryan Gaboury has been found guilty of killing his rich, hateful father, Jonas. Convinced, despite his confession, that Ryan's incapable of such a crime, Gillian flies to California to confront the Gaboury clan--Jonas' first wife and Ryan's mother Catherine; his shrill second wife Norma and her nebbishy husband Denny; his widow Mayo, mistress of the mansion in which also live Ryan's wife Dorrie and their five-year-old Joshua. All were present the night of the murder--along with Ryan's lawyer, Fletcher Banyon, and Jonas' partner, Oliver Payne. Some time spent with Fletcher and a visit to Ryan in prison convince Gillian that Ryan is not guilty and that her feelings for him are truly sisterly. The passionate affair that ensues then with Fletcher scarcely interferes with their search for the truth--which ends in a highly improbable series of melodramatic events. In this charmless exercise, by the author of several YA novels, the contrived plot is, unfortunately, a fair match for the artificial characters.