Monty's Diner is all abuzz. The city council voted to let Thompson Tire Corporation build a plant in Baxter, threatening the town's quaint culture. New jobs. New faces. Foreigners. fast-food chains. Tempers flare as people take sides. Underneath the chatter, darker rumors spread about the mayor and the company's attorney. How exactly did sultry Sheila Paxton influence Charlie Kirby's vote? Charlie has seven children and a wife he loves more than anything. But it doesn't take much to destroy a beautiful thing... When Sheila dies suddenly, newspaper editor Ellen Jones pursues the story. But the lawyer's past is strangely elusive. Someone stands between Ellen and the facts - someone dangerous.
Baxter residents fear upheaval when a regional tire plant announces it's coming to Baxter. Rumor says mayor Charlie Kirby's signature on the deal was influenced by an affair with the tire company's corporate attorney - who dies suddenly after the agreement is finalized. Charlie, a pillar of the community and a father of seven, faces the court of public opinion and the biggest moral dilemma of his life. Meanwhile, newspaper editor Ellen Jones goes looking for a feature story, collides with the brick wall of the late attorney's past - and is stalked by someone pursuing the same track!