David Paige, a young detective from Charleston, S.C., is about to embark on an investigation of a lifetime—his own. After an unexpected tragedy shatters David’s perfect world, he discovers that his mother had been keeping a life-long secret from him, revealing that he is not who he believed he was. With no family members to turn to, David has to rely on his detective skills and a mysterious item left to him by his mother—a crimson-colored key. The search for the truth takes David to New York City, where he runs head on into lies, deception and murder, all in an attempt to cover up a string of dreadful crimes, eventually hiding the truth. Then if that is not enough to deal with, David falls for the daughter of a prominent man, both sharing a similar attraction, which complicates his life even further. It isn’t until a near-death experience, and the help of his mother through several frightening nightmares, that the pieces of the puzzle begin to come together. The Crimson Key ultimately unveils many secrets, surprising many people including David, opening his eyes and heart as well.