Newenham is an ice-bound fishing town with a six-bed jail and a saloon that does double-duty as a courtroom. It's a wide-enough patch to warrant a state police presence, though, and Alaskan State Trooper Liam Campbell is it.
Newly promoted to corporal, Campbell is slowly making a home for himself in Newenham. With just DUIs and domestic disputes to disturb the peace, life is relatively tranquil – for Newenham – until Campbell's girlfriend, Bush pilot Wyanet Chouinard, delivering a shipment of mail to a remote post office, finds the postmistress murdered.
At first it seems a random assault; but then a woman disappears after her husband is killed at their gold mining claim. When Campbell connects the crimes with a 20-year-old string of missing women, he knows he's facing a serial killer.
And the hunt is on for a murderer who has vanished into the Alaskan wilderness...
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