Meko Torres is a roving freelance journalist in the twilight of his twenties. Meko Torres has a lust for romance, art, skiing, and the natural world. Jack Badenhausen, an old college buddy of Meko's, is the assistant editor of a fiercely independent newspaper in Aspen, Colorado. Meko is restless with talent to burn. Jack writes to his pal asking for help as a stringer just as Meko's thirst for parts unknown grows undeniable. Meko's ready for the open road and drives north from his latest roost in Taos, NM; arriving as the leaves start to turn. Ski season is around the corner. Not even a month goes by before an innocuous assignment involving a house break-in immerses Meko into investigative reporting a story about an opaque charitable foundation with dubious intention.