It is the 4th of July, Kate is working on Old Sam’s boat, the Freya off the coast for the salmon run. This novel is set against the fishing industry and excitement of the 4th Celebration. The price of salmon has dropped a penny a pound and the boat fishermen are on strike. The Aunties are at their fishing camp.The sitesetter and the fly fisherman are there. Joe Morgan and Johnny are visiting Kate. She watches in horror as a neighbor fisherman abuses a boy. Sam tells to let it go as it will only be worse for the boy. Later the man Cal Meany is found murdered by 4 different methods. The more Kate Learns about Cal she is hesitant to find his killer until another body is found. The subplots are managed nicely to form a story about Alaska fishing troubles.