When Josette Buchman makes her way into her sister-in-law Rita Wolfensohn’s home, she’s shocked by what greets her there. There are piles of trash strewn about the place, for example, and their unappetizing smell mixes with the stench of decaying food. But even this assault on the senses can’t prepare Buchman for what she happens upon in the midst of the mess. On a mattress in the residence, there’s a strange outline – enough to raise alarm bells for Wolfensohn’s relative. And, shockingly, this sinister shape will ultimately put the family at the center of a potentially criminal mystery.
At first, Buchman’s visit to Wolfensohn’s home had been completely innocent. Wolfensohn had ended up in the hospital, you see, so her sister-in-law had entered her home in order to gather some of her personal effects. And it wasn’t a secret that Wolfensohn had a hoarding problem. The compulsion had led her to fill her home with so much trash, in fact, that it almost resembled a landfill.