Nick Reynolds, his pilot's rating barely a month old, drops off the radar one night over the Chesapeake Bay. No trace of the plane is found in the Bay's murky waters.
Vacationing nearby, Picketsville, VA, sheriff Ike Schwartz is approached by Charlie Garland, an old friend from his CIA days, to look into the disappearance. The missing pilot was engaged to Charlie's niece, and just before his disappearance, he had placed a puzzling call to Charlie.
Meanwhile, back in Picketsville, The Rev. Blake Fisher and Acting Sheriff Frank Sutherlin must deal with missing communion silver and a possible occult group operating in the high school.
While on the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Frederick Ramsay was ordained an Episcopal priest. Now retired from full-time ministry, Ramsay lives in Surprise, AZ. Choker is fifth in his Ike Schwartz mystery series.