2000 is a year of big changes, but in the timeless Mojave desert of the American southwest, ancient ethnic prejudices are coming to a head. A white security guard is killed, and an Indian—presumed to be dead—is the main suspect. Aaron McCaan, ex-Marine and professional researcher extraordinaire, is caught between multiple pasts and the present, putting him in mortal danger again. He's looking for a disappeared woman and the murder suspect while ducking the police and drug cartels. Too many mixups lead some to die under the ruthless desert sun.