Stephen Ore was born on Montana’s Hi Line but spent his formative years farther south, in the foothills of the Tobacco Root Mountains. He worked and played on the surrounding farms and ranches before and after obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree from Montana State University. After dabbling in chainsaw art, horseshoeing, logging, and other interests, Steve now runs his own small construction business. He still spends free time immersed in Montana’s backcountry with family and friends.
Seventeen-year-old Matt Lewis accidentally discovers evidence that his employer, a Montana ranch owner from back east, is a big-time drug dealer. The owner's bodyguard seems determined to carry out orders to "make the problem disappear." Matt runs to the Tobacco Root Mountains thinking he can lose the man in the rugged terrain that Matt knows well. It might have worked but for the tracking dog.