A killer who leaves next to no clues is decimating the Portland Oregon drag scene and Detective Rorie Dawson is tasked with solving the crime. Bizarre from the beginning the cases add up quickly and what few clues there are seem to lead in the direction of the one person Rorie knows isn’t capable of such violence: a young man named Jackson.
A former runaway who was taken in by friends of Rorie’s brother, Gray, and his husband, Marcus, Jackson Strider overcame vicious abuse in a conversion center and is now a fledgling drag performer with an eye for fashion and a very subdued personality. When video surfaces placing Jackson at more than one crime scene Rorie knows she has her work cut out for her – especially since her partner, Ben, is positive Jackson is guilty, especially when the people closest to the young man wind up dead.
But Rorie isn’t that easily swayed. She knows Jackson. Knows what he went through. Knows who he is now and knows that whoever is doing this, for whatever reason, is trying to frame Jackson for numerous deaths. Fighting an uphill battle with Ben, trying to keep her brother and his fellow performers alive and keep Jackson out of jail proves to be a major undertaking that results in more than one stakeout, more than one pursuit and, ultimately, a shocking turn of events that reveal a startling truth that nobody but Jackson knew, yet even his knowledge was not complete. And when the truth ultimately comes out it proves that what people think they know about someone and what they really know can be two very different scenarios.