Nathan and Maya venture to the magnificent mountain town of Aerie, Colorado to see if they can't help Jill Van Horn, a friend who's been accused of murder. In Aerie, they find an eclectic group of characters--most of whom think Jill had good reasons to stab her boss and throw him out of her twin-engine plane. Nathan finds the local power structure to be either crooked or incompetent, or both. As the trail leads to northeastern Arizona, the stakes rise to $4 million in readily marketable bearer bonds.
Back in Aerie, Nathan and company engineer a calculated ruse and it appears they have the leverage, and connections, to round up the bad guys. However, the roots of the conspiracy run deeper than they imagined. With the good guys all trapped, Nathan must find a way to save his friends. Even then, the kingpin of the scheme slips through the web of law enforcement and only Nathan's fancy footwork can bring him to justice.