The tough neighborhood of Dorchester is no place for the innocent or the weak. Its territory is defined by hard heads and even harder luck; its streets are littered with the detritus of broken families, hearts, dreams. Now, one of its youngest is missing. Private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro don t want the case. But after pleas from the child's aunt, they open an investigation that will ultimately risk everything their relationship, their sanity, and even their lives to find a little girl lost.