I chose this book simply because I am trying to read a book that takes place in each state and I have friends that live in Vero Beach, Florida so I am very familiar with Orchid Island. I didn't think I would be a Stuart Woods fan; the synopsis of his books never really interested me. However, I was hooked on this book from the beginning. Holly Barker retires from the Army after her superior was found innocent of all charges that she made against him. She was offered a job as assistant chief of police in Orchid Beach, Florida and accepted. The day she arrived in Orchid Beach, the police chief is shot in the head. Holly takes over the investigation. While driving around the island she discovers a community that is totally cut off from the rest of Orchid Beach. Although it is rightfully her territory, she is told in no uncertain terms that she cannot enter the property without a warrant. It seems that the island is totally self sufficient. It has its own airport, golf courses, security, and all the shops and stores they need to survive. Holly also discovers that almost everyone that works here is packing heat. Even the bartenders and waiters. That piques Holly's interest and eventually the interest of the FBI and DEA. This is one book I couldn't put down.