Sam McCall never anticipated murder when he worked for Utah state senator Maggie Hansen. Now, in her bid for one last term of office, a sensational murder rocks the campaign. Environmentalist Steve Tate is shot in cold blood. The chief suspect is the senator's caustic brother, a powerful rancher who had accused Tate of shooting his cattle.Sam's primary objective is to get to the truth before his candidate loses the election in the fallout of suspicion and scandal. The press is turning up the heat and the opposition is having a field day. He knows that in politics the best defense is a good offense. Unfortunately, so does a killer.