When environmental researcher and would-be writer Teena Shostekovich returns home to find her computer files stolen, she suspects it has something to do with the "hot potato" case she's working at her job with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. But a phone call from the thief complicates things when he suggests he can help her with her writerly ambitions. Nothing gets any clearer when Detective Logan Deo comes to her door and an unusual call from her ex-husband Mack alerts her to peril that seems a world away. Meanwhile, the story of Jessie Weston, a cowgirl turned biologist, unfolds on the shores of Lake Ponder, where a dike her father built on the lakebed is bringing nothing but trouble from state officials, including Teena's boss, Steve Donneroe. As Teena and Jessie's paths veer ever closer to collision, the dangers in their lives threaten to explode beyond what either of them can understand or control, and they must work past their fears to protect the land and life they love.
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It was a simple earth dike on a farm owned by Carl "C.W." Weston in Florida that attracted the attention of environmentalists. When state surveyor Teese Lessler shows up one morning, C.W.'s daughter Jessie finds herself thinking about more than just water regulations. Meanwhile, Teena Shostekovich returns home to find her computer’s hard drive stolen, even though it contains none of her environmental research. Things go downhill when the detective looking into the theft ends up dead and everything starts pointing to Teena. Surprising twist in this environmental mystery.