The story begins in August, 1975, in Banff National Park, where an incoherent Danny Tyrell, the Trak's keyboard player, witnesses the moonlit burial of a woman. The body belongs to Jannie MacDonald, the popular lead singer of Jannie Mack and the Silver Trak, who apparently has died of a drug overdose that night.
Twenty years later Tyrell is living in Iceland with an Icelandic girlfriend and their young daughter. He learns from the former drummer of the Silver Trak, Mike Fedeyko, that a young woman claiming to be Jannie Mack's daughter is searching for her mother and he wants Danny to fly to Halifax to speak with her.
Unhappy with his life in Reykjavik - working for his girlfriend's father - Danny, still holding a torch for the dead singer, meets with Alice Johnson, Jannie's daughter, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Together they cross the country interviewing former band members and the manger to find out what happened on that dark night so many years ago.