August is Ghost Month in Taiwan - a time to pay respects to the dead and avoid unlucky omens.Jing-nan, who runs a food stand in a bustling Taipei night market, isn't superstitious, but this August will haunt him
'Betel nut beauties' are typically women in desperate circumstances, but Julia Huang was high school valedictorian, and the last time Jing-nan spoke to her, she was far away, happily enrolled in NYU’s honour program. The facts don’t add up
He learns that his high school sweetheart has been murdered — found scantily clad near a highway where she was selling betel nuts
Julia’s parents don’t think so, either, but the police seem to have closed the case without asking any questions
The Huangs beg Jing-nan to do some investigating, but nothing can prepare him for what he is about to learn, or how it will change his life.