It was 1929 and vivacious, plucky Violet Polley was a promising singer and songwriter attempting to support herself. She draws the attention of affluent Nick Bartleby. Initially scoffing his attentions, his charm wins her over. The difficulty of the depression and its affect on his family's wealth had him overwhelmed. When Violet Polley shows up with the baby carriage of little Rose, their love child, at the family mansion requesting assistance or marriage. She and baby were cruelly rebuffed by him. Violet is bludgeoned to death within minutes outside the Bartleby's mansion and hidden in the bushes. No one was prosecuted. Also there at that time was a pretty theatrical lover of Nick's who had come around to being more cordial to Violet. Hearing the baby Rose's cries she rushed outside, seeing no one, snatched her and raised her.
- A woman's body is found in a ravine on Christmas Day in 1929. Lily decides to reinvestigate the unsolved crime after the victim's great-granddaughter comes in and asks for help in solving the murder.
The investigation begins at the boarding house where the victim, Violet Polley, lived. After discovering a diary by another tenant/friend of Violet, the path leads to the Bartleby family a rich Philly family that the victim meets on New Years Eve 1928.