In San Geronimo, New Mexico, the rich and famous mingle with the down and out-and the secrets of the past collide with the crimes of the present . . .
Shortly after private eye Howard Moon Deer decides to settle down with his latest lady love, he accepts a new case that takes him away from the homefront-and introduces him to the dangerous passions that drive San Geronimo's thriving art scene . . .
Howard and ex-police commander Jack Wilder have been hired to investigate Sherman Stone, a man notorious for his torrid liaisons and low-life friends. Rumor has it that he's planning to have his wealthy wife killed. But before Howard can separate fact from fiction, a local hobo is murdered-and then Sherman himself meets an untimely end. Now Howard and Jack must follow a sinister trail of clues that leads them into the past-to the night when a precious painting was stolen and a murderous legacy was born . . .