Chris Klick, a guy who traces missing musicians to give himself a trace of the good like, is trying to kick back and relax over a bird-watching, fly-fishing Idaho summer. But the livin's never easy wherever you try it, especially if your job skills attract trouble. Klick's buddy Lyel, a former por basketball player, could get by clipping coupons. But he's a sucker for a story, and Klick's a sucker for a woman in distress. Together they hear Candy McGreggor and agree to find her missing sister, Roberta. Bert has disappeared. Was it voluntary, an attempt to outrun her creditors, or has she been abducted? And if so, what's the payoff going to be? Is Roberta, who, it develops, worked at Butte Peak's county courthouse, the trigger for a string of disasters that plague Ridland? Is her disappearance tried to arecent plane wreck and a pilot dead in unusual circumstances? The entrance of yet a third damselluscious, lithe Aliciashows Klick and Lyel how to follow the money in the case in a chase more exciting than Klick's usual pursuits.