Only God knew why Jillian Slater agreed to return to New Orleans on the news that her father had finally drunk himself to death. It's not like they were close. She hadn't seen him, or her grandmother, the ice queen, in almost 20 years. But Adella Atwater, the manager of her grandmother's apartment house, called and said her expenses would be paid if she'd fly in for the burial. What Adella didn't tell her was that the apartment house wasn't a house at all and it bore the weight of a long painful history. As the investigation into her father's death unfolds, Jillian is drawn into the lives of the collection of saints and sinners who pass through Saint Silvanus.