A reincarnated evil is stalking the women of Houston. With each murder, the madman quotes an excerpt from the Oscar Wilde poem, The Ballad of Reading Gaol. A huge smokestack belching smoke, a ragged flea market double-breasted wool coat, and an old antique picture frame, bring the distant past back to haunt Houston Homicide Detective, Sean Jamison. With those catalysts, Jamison kws who he was in a past life and that he lost the only woman he could ever love. Searching for his reincarnated mate becomes Jamison's raison d'etre as he and fellow detectives scour Houston for a brutal serial killer. The memory of timeless love drives Jamison's dogged search for a serial killer, determined to finish what he started decades earlier. Each clue brings Jamison closer to unmasking his old nemesis. Tenacious police work, lessons learned in the past, and intuition may be the only weapons he has in preventing history from repeating itself.