The fourth novel featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan has an explosive start: Air TransSouth, flight 228, crashes inexplicably in the North Carolina mountains en route from Atlanta to Washington, DC. All 88 people on board, including the entire University of Georgia soccer team, are killed. Bodies and possessions are scattered over a remote crash site, which is virtually inaccessible by road.
A team of agencies is called in “to pick up the pieces” and identify the cause of the crash. As part of the “disaster mortuary operational response team,” Brennan has the harrowing task of identifying each victim from the remains. During her painstaking search of the crash site, she uncovers a severed foot and it becomes apparent that it does not belong to any of the passengers. Before she can probe any further, however, she is accused of professional misconduct and is struck off the team. Someone clearly wants