Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells…Rifle Shells?
Blind private investigator Steve Smiley and his partner, Heather McBlythe, hear a rifle shot. Hordes of Christmas shoppers scatter. A famous big-game hunter drops to the sidewalk. They grab the beautiful teen who was arguing with the camo-clad man and flee to safety. The girl is Bella, the adopted daughter of the victim and a celebrity in her own right. She shows no emotion over the murder, but plenty of passion accompanies her only request: find her real parents.
Smiley and McBlythe agree to try. Strangely, their search intertwines with the murder investigation of Bella's adopted father again and again—and also uncovers a shocking secret. Like it or not, Smiley and McBlythe must first identify the killer in order to discover the truth about Bella's adoption.
Suspects line up like Santa's reindeer. An ex-wife, disgruntled former employees and an animal rights activist make up the shortlist of people with motives. Can the determined investigators tie a ribbon on the case? Will Bella have the best Christmas ever—or will death and heartache be the only presents under the tree?