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It falls to Dr. Signe Lund to perform the autopsy on the body of a young woman found in a pond on Emerald Creek, near Salmon Bay, Oregon, in 1937. Murder is certain, the identity of the young woman is not known until the end of this tangled tale of lust and larceny. Signe and Sheriff Flint name the young woman Ophelia, and this proves eerily apt, as the tragedy of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" plays out through the dissolution of the Larsen family timber empire. Fans of "Salmon Bay" will enjoy meeting Aunt Blix and the Jergenson family again, now numbering three young children, with the arrival of Holly. Through the unlikely availability of a Ford Trimotor forestry airplane,Signe and Flint exact rough justice on the murderers of Ophelia.