Joan Francis is a licensed private investigator and owner of Francis Pacific Investigations. She has also worked as a librarian and a newspaper reporter and says each of these jobs is just a different method for doing the same task: providing information. She spent her childhood in small mining towns and camps in the western United States and in South America with her two sisters, mother, and mining engineer father. Moving from place to place as her father opened up new mine sites, she attended fifteen schools before graduating with a B.A. in history from the University of Washington in Seattle. Married with three grown children, she and her husband now live in a secluded valley of the Tehachapi Mountains.
When environmentalist Evelyn Lilac is murdered, Private investigator Diana Hunter begins a dangerous journey from California to New Mexico and finally to the Costa Rican rain forest. Her investigation turns up secrets regarding global warming, corporate greed, and a deadly alternative fuel which could make the Earth as dry and lifeless as Mars.