When Maggie Finn travels to Florida's Southwest Coast, she expects to find a beach, sweltering heat, and loads of retired people. What she gets is a half-eaten physician, a prophetic seagull, a bodyguard, and events that could transform her life forever.
Maggie was tasked with moving her parents into one of those mega retirement villages. In her late 50s, divorced, and working as a newspaper columnist, she long ago surrendered her dream of being a "real" reporter. Now, confronted with dead bodies, a kidnapping, and the mob, she'll have to pull those long-forgotten investigative dreams out of mothballs just to survive. With the help of a rock-and-roll DJ who spins '40s records, a cross-dressing United States senator, a New Age ex-cop, and a single, Jewish Cuban detective, she discovers the answers to a number of questions. Do seagulls smoke pipes? Can marijuana cure a curmudgeon? When is an Indian not an Indian? Can a middle-aged grandmother get a date? But the biggest question she faces is: Will the forces that have her engulfed be her undoing, or are they proof that it's never too late to start again?