While teaching a creative writing course at Schoolman College, Jessica Fletcher is prepared for a whirlwind of activity. But the celebrity mystery writer doesn't expect to ride out the area's first tornado in more than sixty years or to be faced by the tortuous mystery of why two men chose to brave the twister rather than take shelter, leaving one of them dead.
The local police rule Professor Newmark's demise an accident. But Jessica thinks that someone on the sleepy Midwestern campus has been taking lessons in murder. For the persistent sleuth, there is no shortage of clues or suspects. In fact, hidden behind Schoolman's ivy-covered walls are scandalous secrets that even Jessica could not have imagined and enough motives for murder to produce more than one campus body.