There's more than one reason the new West Tisbury police chief officially made ninety-two-year-old Victoria Trumbull her deputy. Victoria is the only one who spots something amiss among the gravestones of the West Tisbury cemetery. First comes a request by presumed relatives in the Midwest to disinter a coffin for reburying elsewhere. When, as a last measure, the coffin is found, dug up, and opened, it does not contain the expected body. Then the coffin itself disappears.