Four months have passed since Fred Nighthawk, a ranger for the Bureau of Land Management, vanished in Paiute Valley. Now, vandals have destroyed Indian petroglyphs in the remote area. Marcie Gibbs, an archeologist turned Special Agent for the BLM, is given her first assignment as an officer - look for a possible connection between the vandalism and Fred's disappearance. She is warned not to cross the boundaries of FBI and DEA investigations into other crimes in the valley. Marcie knows Paiute Valley well, but not the villainous newcomers who threaten her life. As the threads of the case unravel, it becomes clear that the culprit responsible for Fred's disappearance is guilty of more than one crime and that the investigations of the FBI and DEA are more closely related to Marcie's case than she'd imagined. As she follows the trail of evidence, the howling winds of Nevada blow her toward a violent confrontation with murder. Set in the rimrock country of Northwestern Nevada, this mystery takes the reader on a journey rich in the history and beauty of the land.