After Godwin Dorchester, a former minister of the Consolidated Community Church of Emerald Springs, Ohio, dies suddenly while visiting town for the church's anniversary celebration, his overblown memorial service is halted when Aggie Sloan-Wilcox, the wife of the present minister, gets a call from the funeral director telling her the police are demanding an autopsy. Seems "Win" didn't have a heart attack after all. He was poisoned with an overdose of his own digitalis.
Suspects are many, but uppermost is Hildy Dorchester, Win's wife of many years, who prides herself on being the perfect ministerial helpmate. In fact Hildy's mission is to make unconventional Aggie the perfect helpmate to Ed, a role Aggie has never relished. Despite her aversion to Hildy's vision of a minister's wife, Aggie must stand beside her and try to prove her innocence when the congregation turns its back on the woman who always put them first.
As Aggie sorts through possibilities, including church members with little faith in their former pastor, she slowly begins to see Hildy's finer points as well as a darker side to Win's flock. This time Aggie is sure that finding the murderer will be an academic exercise. She is determined not to put herself or anyone she loves in danger again. But Aggie is often wrong.