Spring: a time of rebirth and celebration. And a time of death ... for April is the cruelest month. When a young archaeologist discovers a set of human remains, the island community is intrigued. Is it an ancient find - or a more contemporary mystery? Then an elderly woman is shot on her land in a tragic accident, and Jimmy Perez is called in by the woman's grandson - his own colleague Sandy Wilson. He finds two feuding families whose envy, greed, and bitterness have divided the surrounding community. Then another woman dies.