It is late at night and Decker stumbles upon a small girl wondering the empty streets of suburbia. We know Decker has has found himself in the midst of another mystery when he discovers that young "Sally" is covered in dried blood. In addition to this mystery we learn that Rina has gone to New York to consider Peter's marriage proposal. When she returns she finds herself in a subplot invloving an old army buddy of Peter's with a death wish. Through it all Peter continues his serious and devoted study of Orthodox Judaism. A wonderful read!