2003. Rescuing her boyfriend from the long arm of the law seems like such a good idea, until P. J. Smythe discovers he's been cheating on her. Then the judgment part of her brain shuts down, and she's the one who lands in jail. Fortunately, P.J.'s best friend Alicia comes to the rescue. 2010. Now it's payback time, and the only thing Alicia wants is for P.J. to play the starring role in a documentary she is filming. When P.J.'s first client, environmentalist Vivian Remington, winds up dead of an overdose, P.J.'s past comes back to haunt her. A fast-paced, light-hearted spoof of the classic hard-boiled whodunit. What Are Friends For? explores the lengths to which Annapolis skip tracer P.J. Smythe must go to dodge a murder charge.