Kinsey Millhone, she is a private eye, as she tries to get through traffic. Not paying much attention infront of her, a gunshot that could easily be mistaken as a tire popping went off. A huge wreck erupted from the gunshot, the white car running into the red porsche. The girl in the white car died, her name was Caroline Spurrier.
As Kinsey was in her house reading the paper, only to feel horrible about the crash, Caroline's mother, Michelle Spurrier, knocked on the door, Telling Kinsey that her daughter wasn't killed in the crash, rather it was a gunshot that killed her, Michelle asking Kinsey if she could help on the case.
KInsey headed to the police station short after talking to Michelle, she bought a copy of the police report and stopped by and talked to Emerald, a black woman in her fifties, of course she was a sucker for gossip, Kinsey got to get some info from her by bribing her with info to gossip about.
Heading to the dorm where Caroline stayed, she ran into a girl called Judy Layton, trying to get some info from her, Judy made excuses such as she didn't talk to Caroline much.
Curious about Judy's info, Kinsey goes and checks out Terry Layton's place, following him to a garage, she finds the blue pickup truck stripped of wheels and having a gun in the truck she knew that this was the place, coming out she saw Terry driving, he started to drive away and escape.
Kinsey chased Terry through the roads, going up onto a highway, Terry was going to fast to stop himself, he smashed right into the crane. The crane came down and smashed his car, Killing him. Soon after Kinsey realized where she was, the place the crash happened, contacting the police and such she fled the scene, she started to go home.