Young Lulu Lavender has been stolen from her home, her family murdered in the night. With the resources and attention of the sheriff's department consumed by the high-profile case of a missing white teenager from a wealthy family, it falls to rural sheriff's lieutenant Buck Shelton and his small staff to investigate. She's coming . . . The Lavender family's nearest neighbor—Oliver Bowles, a college professor with secrets of his own—becomes Buck's prime suspect. But Oliver is not what he seems and soon accompanies Buck on an excursion into the literal and figurative darkness of Arizona's storm-drenched southern border. She's almost here . . . Buck's investigation leads him into a world of bizarre powers and ancient struggles with tendrils reaching into the present, of border vigilantes and drug dealers, of the lust for power and glory and the most violent impulses within the human heart. When the missing white girl returns, the only thing certain is that people are going to die.