The peace of the town of Bear Creek in the Southern Sierra is disrupted by the unusual death of the owner of the local inn. Though resident Deputy Tempe Crabtree’s job is not to investigate a murder case, she feels compelled to get involved when her friend Nick Two John is arrested. She realizes there are several people who wanted the victim dead, including his wife. As she continues to discover clues she puts her job, her wedding planning, and herself in danger.
Tempe Crabtree is the resident deputy of the mountain community of Bear Creek. Volunteering to help find a missing hiker in the high Sierra leads to a murder investigation, an unhappy ghost, and a threat to her life.