When it comes to finding dirt, Evan Reed is the best in the business. She's a "dust-buster"-a paid operative hired by political campaigns to vet candidates for national office. She's also a foul-mouthed and cranky ex-Catholic-attempting to raise a 14-year-old daughter on her own. When she is hired to investigate the background of a squeaky-clean and charismatic junior senator who might just be the next president-the last thing she expects to uncover is a murder. Evan's life is further complicated when she meets the senator's reclusive wife-who seems to be hiding a few secrets of her own.