The Women's Auxilliary Club of Broward's Rock, South Carolina, prides itself of the success of its annual White Elephant Sale. But this year's sale is marred by a bizarre turn. A sly blackmailer coerces five of the town's most prominent citizens into donating valuable artifacts--or some very unflattering information about the individuals might be revealed. When a volunteer fails to return the pick-up van, Henny Brawley, Annie Darling's best bookstore customer and good chum, drives off to find the missing woman, just as a powerful squall hits the island. Hours later, a worried Annie goes off in search of Henny, only to find the corpse of the missing volunteer. The victim turns out to be the blackmailer, and despite Annie's protests, the new police chief suspects Henny of the murder. Convinced of their friend's innocence, Annie and her husband Max hobnob with the island's smart set to determine who among them has a secret they would go to any length to protect.