This story takes place in Osborne, Nebraska. In the beginning it takes place in a girls house, named Haley who was setting a timer for something she was cooking. Then she got murdered. This makes the mood of the story foreboding, because that means there is going to be more bad things happening.
Haley isn't the main character, but Makani is. Alex and Darby are her friends, since she moved there a year ago from Hawaii. Ollie Larsson is boy that Makani likes which later on become more than friends.
Later in the novel Makani and the whole town went through a tragedy of another person getting murdered, Matt. He was murdered at their school. Makani and her friends, including Ollie, want to know who the killer is. Later in the story they find out who the killer was. It was a person who was quiet, but smart. This person was named David.