Psychologist Alex Delaware is surprised to get the call when well-known TV actress Zelda Chase turns up half-naked, half-mad in LA's rural Westside. He has little connection to the starlet, save a psychiatric evaluation he performed on her adopted daughter several years ago, a child who has since vanished without a trace and whom Zelda refuses to talk about. When the actress turns up dead a few weeks later without a scratch on her, Delaware calls in police lieutenant Milo Sturgis to help. When the body of a second actress turns up with the same mysterious cause of death, Delaware and Sturgis start to wonder if it is a copycat case. When they uncover the death of another actress, a star from another era who vanished decades ago, they realize they're facing one of the their most baffling cases yet.