Kat Carson and Ernie Lunt are an odd pairing. Ernie is an irascible, middle-aged private detective. Kat is his teenage intern, a college student with a love of nineteenth-century detective novels. When a colleague’s body washes up on the beach, both Kat and Ernie want to know what happened. Kat takes the initiative without Ernie’s knowledge, hoping to impress her more cautious boss.