Willow is a concert violinist with aspirations of becoming a writer. Private detective, Nate Parker, is a former police officer who had his career ended by the press, and he has been sent to the island by the family of one of the victims. When they meet on his first night in town and it’s revealed that Willow is a virgin, he is intrigued. But when he discovers that Willow is responsible for making the serial killer currently terrorizing the island famous with the nickname, The Lipstick Strangler, he vows to never forgive her. Willow’s life has been sheltered by her overbearing brother, the town sheriff, who’s just as clueless as she is as to who the killer could be. They know the killer is using a nursery rhyme, one line for every dead body, as his sadistic countdown to murdering Willow’s fellow violinists. One for sorrow, Two for joy, Three for a girl, Four for a boy, Five for silver, Six for gold, Seven for a secret, never to be told. Eight for a wish, Nine for a kiss, Ten for a bird, you must not miss. Will her dreams of romance ever take flight or will she be next? Willow must play amateur detective and do everything in her power to solve this mystery and to stop the strangler before he kills again, before the deadly countdown reaches ten.