Charlie Draper only took the job of finding the missing girl as favor. He approached it convinced that the hot desert sun had likely eliminated another unprepared hiker rather than a part of the Border Wars. It didn't take long to realize his error. Then it became complicated. In less than a day, he discovers that drug cartel members shot her and threw her into a volcano vent. The resulting trail leads into Mexico, where his actions bring on the wrath of the cartel.
Their planet slowly dying, ravaged by 200 years of environmental carelessness and governmental greed, a select group of elitists plot to send unwitting crews on what will be a suicide mission. A young Command Pilot and her crew survive and find themselves in a strange world in which they are unprepared to cope. Two more missions follow before help comes from an unexpected source.
Charlie Draper takes on what seems like a simple assignment. Check on a missing DEA agent. He does not expect to find him dead; dead on the floor of a drug manufacturing house. Frustrating weeks of digging into the lives of a small town in Montana uncovers drug trafficking, human trafficking and murder for hire leaves the local Sheriff gunned down and Draper with a major headache. Then he begins to suspect all the mayhem is a ruse for the real objective.
Searching for a fresh start, a young forester finds himself assigned to a new job scaling logs in a remote area of northwestern Montana. Scaling, a now archaic method of measuring the board foot content of trees cut into saw logs was the basis for logger pay and sawmill operation receipts. Unaware technology would soon eliminate his job; he is unprepared for the hard-working, idiosyncratic locals, who take on the task of educating their new co-worker.
The assassination of an Arizona rancher, embroils Charlie Draper in the U.S. southern border wars. His client beaten near death and when a hired killer guns down his friend, it becomes personal. Draper and his helicopter-flying Apache friend travel into Mexico to find local help and discover surprising support for the cartels from an unexpected source.