Sgt. Ryan McDonnell and Cpl Tim Harding fought together in Vietnam. Harding saved McDonnell's life there, forging a lifetime friendship.
Twenty years later, Lieutenant McDonnell, now the homicide commander on the St. Louis police force, is notified that his best friend has been murdered in the town of Judas Falls, Wyoming, by a unknown assailant.
McDonnell flies to Wyoming, determined to find the killer and bring him to justice. What he finds is a town leadership more interested in getting him back on a plane out of town, then they are in finding Tim Harding's killer.
Five years before, McDonnell lost the love of his life, a woman named Monique to a murderer. Now, as he searches for answers to his friend's murder, attempts are made on his own life.
His one ally is Police Officer Carrie Chambers, a cop with both integrity and beauty. Together, ignoring the pressures from above,they dig and prod in their search to find the murderer.
Along the way, Chambers and McDonnell develop a personal bond as they cover each other's backs. In a short amount of time, it's clear to both of them that their feelings have gone beyond professional.
Who killed Tim Harding, and why?
Who is behind the reluctance of the town leadership to solve this killing, and why?
Will Carrie Chambers finally heal the pain in McDonnell's heart over the murder of Monique?
Will Carrie be the one to finally bring him the happiness that has eluded him for so long?