Lucy and her boss Ted, from the Pennysaver, a weekly newspaper, head off to Boston for a newspaper conference. Lucy is looking forward to learning more about being a good writer from the more experienced writers of daily newspapers. She is also, though a bit apprehensively, looking forward to the time away from the daily duties of motherhood.
While at the conference she meets many interesting writers, but her heart and thoughts are still back home with her husband Bill and her children. She wonders if Bill can handle the house, dog, children and his job. He says everything is going fine, but Lucy hears otherwise from others back home. And, to top it off, Father’s Day is coming up and she hasn’t found the right gift yet.
Complicating things even further, the head of a large newspaper dynasty is murdered. Lucy doesn’t believe the person charged with his murder is guilty and finds herself, once again, poking around for answers.