Daniel's Fork is a new Eden. Men till the earth, children swim in the rivers, and lovers watch the stars. Lords, wise and strong, rule the lands. Lord Strongheart dies, and his widow, the healer Setiyah, despises the new lord. He will bring chaos, she says; and he does! Soon he becomes the target of a vicious killer, and she must help him solve the murders that Strongheart could not solve.