"Dear Daddy: It's been a year tomorrow. A whole long and sorrowful year gone by, and I still looked for you to be at the kitchen stove tonight, a cigarette propped between your lips, and a scowl set in deep around your eyebrows . . . " The alleged suicide of heroin king Jimmy "Sugar" Thomas has a lot of the locals in the backwater town of Mount Bloom asking questions. And the fall-out from his death has his only daughter delving - albeit unwillingly - into the spirit world and running from some harsh allegations made by her current love interest. Is it possible to have loved someone for a lifetime and still not have known him at all? Nicola Thomas is searching for the answer to that question while striving to maintain a status quo facade; and her life only grows more complicated when she joins a testosterone-driven fire department, takes in the local Bad Child, and falls in love."