Karen Charboneau is a respected and, by most standards, successful ceramics artist who is Chippewa and lives on the Red Cliff Reservation in Northern Wisconsin. Born and raised there, she is at least as well regarded on the Rez for her superior woodsman skills and is known to one and all as Tracker. Most of the tracking she does, however, involves tourists who've wandered off the paths and gotten lost - people who want desperately to be found.
But the normally quiet Red Cliff Rez is currently rocked by an ever-widening scandal - the widely disliked tribal attorney Judah Boiseneau has been found murdered in his office. Everyone is sure that the man responsible is his cousin, Benny Pelican. But Benny has disappeared into the reservation - and as someone who knows the land, he won't be easy to find. With the Tribal Chairman leaning on him to resolve the case quickly, the local B.I.A. agent and the Bayfield County Sheriff department breathing down his neck, reservation Police Chief David Lameraux has to turn to the only person he's sure can find the missing suspect - Tracker.
Nothing is as simple as it appears, however, and it's going to take all of the combined skill, knowledge and luck of Lameraux and Tracker if they are to have any chance of resolving this perplexing murder.