The Association of Humanistic Psychology held its annual conference in Santa Barbara, California, and David was there to obtain continuing education credits required to retain his therapist license. One other thing was required: a murder to solve.
More than 300,000 people sweltered in the San Bernardino desert at the 1982 US Festival featuring Tom Petty, the Grateful Dead, Fleetwood Mac, and Jackson Browne, among others. David, a therapist and professor, was there to support a nervous client, a musician who was going to perform at the festival. Indeed, he had reason to worry.
The story begins when a psychology professor is assigned to replace a graduate school's human sexuality teacher. To assist him in getting up to speed, he is asked to attend the National Association of Sex Therapists and Surrogates annual conference. The conference’s keynote speaker is kidnapped and held for ransom.
But is he? Things are not what they seem as the professor is thrust into the action and must use his clinical skills to figure out whodunit.