When Hunter Worthington III, the young winner of a prestigious sailing competition, is found dead the morning after his race, news reporter Michael Carolina quickly starts to conduct a murder investigation all his own. The father of the victim is a wealthy Newport socialite who, aside from seeming curiously unremorseful, was seen slapping his son the day before his death. Complications arise when Carolina's lover, a newly established private investigator named Carla, gets hired by no other than Worthington Junior (the prime suspect) to solve the crime. Independently of each other and at the expense of their relationship, Michael and Carla both get mixed up with the utterly disfunctional Worthington family. In the process, they discover exactly what ugly secrets lurk behind majestic Newport facades, and exactly to what lengths people will go to escape their shameful pasts.