It's 1950, and as the French Quarter simmers with secrets, 17-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan to get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street. Josie is caught between her dreams of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in a quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn and escalating to the ultimate test.