Hannah Legare is a thirty-five year old business woman who lives in San Francisco with her husband and business partner, Jon. Hannah is about to lose it all, husband and business. After another one of her drunken nights, she finds herself climbing up the exterior of her and Jon's apartment in the middle of the night. Her plan is to break in and attempt to convince Jon they should try to make their marriage work. Before she can do that, she slips and falls backwards onto the ground underneath their apartment and lands herself a trip to the hospital. In Men and Dogs by Katie Crouch, Hannah is forced to move back to Charleston, South Carolina, her hometown, to live with her mother and step-father for a month of exile until she can straighten out her life.
Upon arriving in Charleston, Hannah takes up her old search to figure out what happened to her father when she was merely eleven years old. In 1985, Dr. Buzz Legare disappeared during an April afternoon boating trip. Hannah never believed he was dead, even after the funeral. More than twenty years have passed and she still believes her father is missing somewhere. Hannah has every intention of finding her father. She has a couple of problems: her mother Daisy who is watching her every move while she is home for signs of mental instability, her step-father Will Dewitt an old money, extremely wealthy gentleman who she only has a monetary relationship with, and her brother Palmer who can not understand her obsession with their father's disappearance.
Hannah gets the help of her high school sweetheart turned minister, Warren, to figure out the mystery of her father's disappearance. She is still in love with Warren, or who he used to be when they were young, and she isn't going to let his wife and two kids dictate her communication with him. She even visits Warren's mother to dig for information about her father. She has only been home to Charleston a handful of times since she left for college and coming back in her current psychological state is challenging. In Men and Dogs, Hannah Legare must learn to manage her past so that she can live her life in the present instead of spending her life searching for impossible answers.