When Charlotte police discover the body of a teenage girl along a desolate stretch of twolane highway, Temperance Brennan fears the worst. The girls body shows signs of foul play. Inside her purse police find the ID card of a prominent local businessman, JohnHenry Story, who died in a horrific flea market fire months earlier. Was the girl an illegal immigrant turning tricks? Was she murdered? The medical examiner has also asked Tempe to examine a bundle of Peruvian dog mummies confiscated by U.S. Customs. A Desert Storm veteran named Dominick Rockett stands accused of smuggling the objects into the country. Could there be some connection between the trafficking of antiquitiesand the trafficking of humans?