The crime scene at St. Marguerites cathedral in New Orleans is shocking, even to seasoned detectives like Rick Bentz and Reuben Montoya. A novice nun named Sister Camille has been found dressed in a yellowed bridal gown and viciously garroted, her body covered with an altar cloth.Valerie Houston is devastated by her sisters death. For weeks, shed begged Camille to leave St. Marguerites, where she seemed determined to live as some kind of martyr. But Camille had a knack for making bad choicesshe joined the convent in part because shed fallen for Vals soon-to-be ex-husband, Slade.Convinced the police arent doing enough, Val begins to investigate. Slade, on a mission to repair their marriage, is determined to help her. But the deeper Vals inquiries go, the more twisted the case becomes. St. Marguerites is far from the tranquil retreat many believe, and everyone, from handsome Father Frank OToole to the mysterious Mother Superior, has their own agenda. Despite their closeness, even Camille had a hidden life Val never suspected. But someone knew about Camilles pastand Vals, too. Now she has no choice but to catch a devious, depraved killer intent on purging St. Marguerites of all its sinsbefore she becomes the next victim.