Jessica is in New York to visit her nephew Grady and to meet his fiancée, Donna Mayberry. She's also there to see the restaurant she's invested in. She learns very quickly - starting with the cab driver coming in from the airport - just how cut throat the New York restaurant business can be. Jessica is treated rudely by the restaurant Maitre d', Chaz Crewe, but finally manages get a table. When Crewe is found dead in the kitchen the next day, Jessica has a murder to solve. As for Grady and Donna, it's obvious to Jessica that they need to open up to one one another if they're to be happy.