It's a summer of dizzling heat in Charlotte where Dr. Temperance Brennan looks forward to her first vacation in years. She's almost out of the door when the bones start appearing. A newborn's charred remains turn up in a woodstove. A small plane crashes in a North Carolina cornfield, burning both pilot and passenger beyond recognition. Most puzzling are the bones discovered at a remote farm outside Charlotte. With help from a special detective friend, Tempe must investigate a poignant and terrifying case. This is the 6th novel about Tempe Brennan.