"In nothing art thou black save in thy deeds, And thence this slander, as I think, proceeds."                      

Shakespeare's Sonnet CXXXI

Up-and-coming investigative reporter Piper Lang is a sensational-looking blonde with midwinter sky-colored eyes and a thin cynical mouth that curves slightly into a satisfied smile. She is a determined, ambitious journalist with an off-the -charts steely core, who is passionate about getting the story. She also has someone threatening to put her six feet under if she keeps poking and prying into a controversial, Los Angeles-based self-improvement group with a cult-like following.

Malone’s job is to keep Piper healthy until she breaks the biggest story of her career about the group which a reliable source claims is really a multi-level marketing organization that operates as a cult with levels of slaves headed by masters to exploit its female members for money, sex, and free labor.

When her lone source checks out with a bullet to the back of her head, and after tough guys have doubled down to test Malone’s skills as a bodyguard, Piper goes all in by using herself as bait in a deadly cat-and-mouse game to get at the truth — a game that could end up costing Piper and Malone their lives.