Lieutenant Joe Gunther is in Vermonts Northeast Kingdom investigating a minor embezzling case. Its a pleasant distraction and a chance to reconnect with old friends, but when a house fire reveals itself to be arson, compounded by murder, Gunther cant help but investigate. He quickly finds himself enmeshed in a web of animosity between put-upon townspeople, the state police, angry parents, and members of a reclusive sect.
Murder follows murder, yet no one seems to be telling Gunther the whole truthnot even his childhood friends. And truth is what he desperately needs if hes to stop the killings.