Monk’s house is being fumigated,and he has nowhere to go. His assistant Natalie and her daughter are kindenough to welcome him into their home. While Monk attempts to arrange hissurroundings just so, something else needs to be put straight. The death of adog at the local firehouse—on the same night as a fatal house fire—has led Monkinto a puzzling mystery. And much to his horror, he’s going to have to digthrough a lot of dirt to find the answer.