They say that Tranquility is different. Maybe it's a curse left by the ancient Indians who called it their home, or maybe it's just talk to scare off the gold-hunters looking for treasure left behind by the Spanish/Confederates/Outlaws/D.B. Cooper. No one seems to even notice that Tranquility is different. Not Jake Coltrane, the town's ridiculously lucky policeman, not Rachel Thorne, a vet who can talk to animals, and not Average Jones, the waitress/cellist who knows what everyone feels, and how to fix it. Only David Nye, the town's new doctor seems to notice. But even Tranquility has its problems. Something out there is mutilating livestock. The only clue is bloody big bird tracks around the carcasses. Jake thinks it's just a prank, but Rachel isn't so sure. And when the glowing red eyes and strange noises at night start, she knows that it's only a matter of time before the "Big Bird" starts working its way up to people.