A Southern college town and its thriving live-music scene, where songs are neither "sacred" nor "profane" so long as they're good. A lost tape of a beloved local band's legendary performance. A record label, poised to break big, which certain people want to be involved in - by any means necessary. Two visitors - Chuck McDonough and Penny Froward - whose own music has been muted by regrets over long-ago bad decisions. A mysterious will by an unknown hand; and murder.