All Ian has to do to inherit his grandmother's valuable oceanfront home is to show up--the old family lawyer, Mr. Mallory, has practically promised it. But when Ian gets to Cape Hatteras, he learns that a distant relative wants the house for her own profit and that Mr. Mallory has been dead for years--a younger relative has taken over the practice. The lies and half-truths mount until Ian is forced to risk everything to find the rightful heir to his grandmother's legacy. The good and bad guys are never hard to sort out here, but Klaveness writes evocatively of the North Carolina coast while effectively addressing issues of land preservation vs. the economic forces behind development. An entertaining, if easy, mystery.