This is the third in the Orchard series. Meg has been in Granford for about six months now. It is late spring and she is looking forward to apple season. Her friend, Lauren, calls her and mentions that some friends of a friend are looking for a place to open a restaurant. Meg says she will call her local realtor and see if there are any properties available in Granford. Frances finds a few places but Nicky and Brian like the old Stebbins house. Meg introduces the couple to Seth, who acts as their contractor and helps with permits since he is a town selectman. Their friend, Sam, is also going to work in the restaurant. He is the sous chef and forager. The chefs want to use only local foods in their restaurant.
Everything is going along well until Sam's body is found face down in a pig wallow. Meg feels responsible for the restauranteurs being in Granford so she must figure out who the killer is.