Artistically gifted Cooper Hamilton abandons a lucrative but demanding advertising career and returns to his Spanish Island roots and the milieu of boats and the sea. He employs his native talent to produce critically acclaimed paintings of seductive Lowcountry scenes. He reconnects with his first love and embarks on a new life when he is caught up in a murderous plot. A crooked attorney and his henchman are targeting black owners of suddenly valuable “heirs’ property” including Twilight Pinckney, Cooper’s mystical Gullah nanny. Together with Simon Albury, an itinerant Bahamian fisherman, Cooper is drawn into a deadly confrontation with his life-long nemesis, Sonny Fletcher, who is now a corrupt deputy sheriff. Just when it seems that Fletcher has the upper hand Twilight invokes the Spirits, but her act sparks tragic consequences.