The small town of Mineral Springs, Texas, will never be the same after Alice Carpenter and her cohorts in the paranormal and murder investigations depart. Patrick, a gorgeous naked ghost, gains her agreement to help him on his quest to pass through The Light then leads Alice into a crumbling historical hotel. There she discovers a new murder - a woman severed in half at the bottom of an elevator shaft.
Joined by her Rottweiler, Trucker; her Siamese, Miss Molly; her mentor and teacher, Aunt Twila; her next-door neighbor, Granny Chisholm; and even her ex-husband, Detective Jack Robecheau, Alice attempts to solve these two murders. Will she be able to keep her promise to Patrick while she's under suspicion for murder and when confronted by Patrick's archenemy, the ghost Antonio? Alice also must deal with the betrayal of a good friend, a band of guerilla survivalists, and the ghost of the dead woman, who insists that her murderer be brought to justice.