A dispatcher sends Deputy Sheriff Lita Echeveria to a ghoulish burial site. A professor isolates himself in Mystic Canyon after apparently going mad. A wealthy retired farmer lives in denial of child abuse. A mysterious blonde girl and a dog point the way to criminal evidence before disappearing. The interaction of these characters cracks the boundaries of normal/abnormal psychology and criminal justice/cosmic punishment.
Max Vosser, a randy, well-to-do farmer, finds himself in the grip of claustrophobia after his brothers died gasping for air in separate and seemingly unrelated accidents. His wife, Lola, takes charge and recruits attractive psychologist Jan Conway, who has a cure for what ails him. The cure involves Max facing his worst fears and coming out a very different animal than when he went in.
Biff Summer has a rich life: a cabin above the Madison River in Montana, river guide friends, a heart touched by a mentally challenged boy, and a possible future with the boy’s mother. He seems to have it made. The problem is, Biff is actually Larry Grady, a grifter on the run from a notoriously brutal loan shark who plans a living autopsy for him.