Caroline Dorsey refuses to believe her beloved older brother, Charlie, could have fallen from the deck of his ship and drowned. There's something that rings untrue in the story the ship's captain has told Caroline's grieving mother, and Caroline is determined to find out what really happened.
With rumors of an impending British attack on Baltimore growing every day, Caroline is in a race against time to get to the bottom of her brother's disappearance before the war raging around her forces her to abandon the quest. Her search for the truth takes Caroline from her family's Maryland plantation to President Madison's White House to the dangerous world of the Baltimore docks. But is there an even greater peril waiting for Caroline much closer to home?