Two women have been savagely attacked. One is dead. The obvious suspect is a man found near the scene clutching a knife, covered in blood. Another man commits suicide after writing a confession. One crime, two suspects. And Kate Shugak thinks that someone is getting away with murder.
When a mining company discovers a rich deposit of minerals, the local politicos are very happy. But residents of a nearby village have their concerns... and when two mining officials turn up dead, it's up to local P.I., Kate Shugak, to investigate.
In Alaska, somebody disappears every day but lately too many people have disappeared. And Kate Shugak, local investigator, is about to discover it's got something to do with the recent discovery of the world's second-largest gold.