Distaff despatching at Lake Michigan, as young Elizabeth becomes the second Mrs. Brandon, whose husband is given to violent rages, whose two sisters-in-law overwhelm her with intangible fears, and warnings against their adopted sister. The killing of sheep, the disappearance of a little girl, the silence regarding the death of Elizabeth's predecessor, finally drive her away, -- and her return 8 years later lands her in an attempted murder and the killing of one of her sisters-in-law. Lt. Starh finally gets his hands on all the answers. A plausible entry in elimination exercise. Crime Club selection.