Reporter Camille Preaker is sent to her rural hometown to file a story about two missing girls, one of whom was found dead; Camille joins Detective Richard Willis and Chief of Police Vickery in following leads on the most recent missing girl.
Camille searches for clues at the funeral and wake for Wind Gap's latest victim; Camille pays a visit to the working-class home of a boy who says he witnessed the abduction, and confronts Chief Vickery about why he ignored the boy's claim.
Camille relives a recent tragedy as she struggles to piece together the murders in Wind Gap; Richard grows frustrated with Chief Vickery's assumptions regarding potential suspects; a defiant Amma shows off her wild side to Camille.
Camille shows Richard some of Wind Gap's crime scenes, though the tour opens up old wounds; Alan confronts Adora about her sharing confidences with Chief Vickery; John shares off-the-record revelations with Camille that raise fresh concerns for her.
Wind Gap residents gather for Calhoun Day, an annual Southern-pride festival hosted by Adora on the grounds of her house; Adora shares confidences with Richard that may impact his relationship with Camille.
Adora provides Chief Vickery with a key piece of evidence in the Ann Nash murder case; Richard probes for details about Camille's dark past; John's girlfriend looks to make news for herself; Amma bonds with Camille during and after a wild party.
Camille crosses a line in her investigation of the prime suspect; Richard coaxes Jackie to offer up information about Marian Preaker's death; Adora takes pains to keep an ailing Amma under her roof and in her care.
Concerned for Amma's safety, Camille puts her own life in jeopardy as she gets closer to the truth behind the shocking mysteries surrounding the Wind Gap killings.