Cicero is a quiet little town on the border of Indiana and Illinois. The crime rate is low, the people farmers and workers at a plywood factory. Most of the little population has issues including struggling to bring food and milk to the supper tables, keeping track of their children, making sure they stay in school and paying bills. But county police detective A. J. Stark has other issues to deal with: A stranger is in town doing good things for the needy, but is he good or evil? How can a man with no visible means of support spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on people in need? A sexual predator is terrorizing the town's women, including the detective's girlfriend. And there is the mayor who may be connected to the mob. These were the issues on the detective's "to do" list.