It's getting to look a lot like Christmas on the sea island of Broward's Rock, South Carolina, and ancient onetime movie star Rita Dumaney Ladson has called together kith and kin for a gala Christmas/birthday bash. Among the guests are two that Annie Darling could do without: her estranged father, and new-age guru Dr. Emory Swanson. How will the gathered relatives react to the news that the grande dame is leaving her fortune to the charismatic charlatan's Evermore Foundation? Not well, apparently. A murder follows on the heels of the revelation, and the finger of suspicion is pointing straight at Annie's deadbeat dad.