When Judge Rosswell Carew makes the gruesome discovery of two corpses on a river bank in the Missouri Ozarks, he's plunged into a storm of deadly secrets that threaten both him and his fiancee, Tina Parkmore. Unsatisfied with the way the authorities are conducting the investigation, Rosswell, who's always nurtured a secret desire to be a detective, teams up with an ex-con, Ollie Groton, to solve the case before the killer can murder again.
"Hard to follow"
Judge Rosswell Carew's fiance is still missing. Because her last call to him came from a payphone in Sainte Genevieve, Missouri, Carew arranges to hold court there so he can pursue his search for her. When he witnesses someone who resembles Tina tossed from a riverboat ferry, he's plunged into a nightmare world he never knew existed. Rosswell is astounded when he discovers that what he saw and the fate of Tina are intertwined.
"Small town USA"
After he witnesses the prosecutor tumble to his death on the steps of the courthouse in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Judge Rosswell Carew immediately suspects his archenemy, Nathaniel Dahlbert, of murder. None of the authorities believe Rosswell because of his troublesome background. When he teams up with his reluctant research assistant, Ollie Groton, unknown hiding places, untold secrets, and unsolved crimes push Rosswell to the brink.