When an old-school Montana sheriff tries to solve the backcountry murders of four powerful men, he discovers more about his little town's secrets than he ever wanted to know. More
Clyde Lovellet has been sheriff in his small Montana town forever. He has no serious crimes to solve, and runs unopposed every election. Pretty cushy job, until five mutilated bodies are discovered at a popular campsite.
To complicate matters, the murders occur during the worst weather his county has ever experienced, making evidence gathering almost impossible. Since two of the dead are judges, Clyde must form an uneasy alliance with the FBI, battle the town fathers, and find out which of his neighbors did the killings.
Through patient questioning and some historical digging, Clyde unravels a tale of greed, unrequited love, betrayal and madness, and solves the case with the help of his 113-year-old, ex-Texas Ranger grandfather.