Archaeologists and televangelists are about as compatible as oil and water. Virginia Davies, a curator of American History at the Southbrook Museum, attends the American Archaeological Convention in Napa, California. The arrival of The Reverend Hockings is controversial enough, his dropping dead makes it worse. The coroner and police rule the death a stroke. Virginia discovers it's murder. The killers now want Virginia and her friends, dead. Virginia must keep herself alive long enough to follow a trail of blood and corruption from the lush vineyards of Napa to the cool fog-shrouded coast of Northern California to find the killers of a seemingly unsolvable case.