There has been an escape attempt, and during the confusion Bonzer has mysteriously died. Maybe from natural causes, but it seem too coincidental. Grant looks through Bonzer's stark cell for some kind of clue. He discovers a photograph hidden behind the stainless steel mirror. But there is no description of where the photo was taken. It is just a meadow surrounded by mountains and forest. Grant feels certain that it is the burial ground but with no idea of the locale, the case seems to be forever at a dead end.
During this same time, in Aspen Falls, Colorado, Jamie Taylor has been called out, along with her dogs, to locate the body of a missing woman. Jamie’s day job is as a loan officer at a bank where she makes enough to support herself and barely keep up with the upkeep on her family's mountain home.
She also is relied upon to help her sister, Jackie “Jax” Susman, who is the local medical examiner, financially. Jax is married to a loser and abuser husband with a gambling, drinking and womanizing problem and Jackie makes excuses for him as he digs them deeper into debt.
What Jamie finds is the missing woman, but she also happens upon many more graves. The FBI is called in and the photo Grant is now in possession of matches up with the presumed burial ground of Bonzer. Problem is, there are decade old bodies, but there are also bodies of victims dead a year or two at most. It’s no great stretch of the imagination to deduce that there is a new serial killer at work, and he is using Bonzer’s mountain meadow as a place to dispose of his victims.
Brantley brings in the supporting cast: Jax, and Jamie's girlfriends, Ciara, a model, and Ellen, who falls for a young junior FBI agent. Then there is Jamie and Jax's father, who has not been around for 10 years. Jamie’s vocation may be a bank loan officer, but her passion is her dogs, superiorly trained tracking dogs and cadaver dogs.
Jamie is driven to help find murder victims because her mother was one. Her father was with a mysterious private international security agency when his wife and their mother was kidnapped and murdered in a gruesome way. Bryce Taylor has been on the murderer's trail ever since, sometimes crossing the boundaries of the law in his search.