Set in New York and the Rocky Mountain west, Project Runaway wraps suicide and fraud inside the opulent intrigue of fashion and design in New York. Fashion designer Karin Ohlsson moves to the U.S. capital of fashion in 2004 to design clothes. She escapes but cannot quell a recurring dream—death and headstones. In New York she learns that original design does not exist and decides to run away. Like indentured servants before her, who followed star quilts and quilt patterns she uses the knowledge of sewing to escape. Her ailing aunt, quilting circle and a preservation architect encourage her runaway dream, a eponymous line in the Northwest. When the western studio fails because of deception and death Karin returns to New York to design and to realize her aunt’s dying wish.