An up-and-coming African American artist has been murdered on Sheriff Joanna Brady's turf in Cochise County, Arizona. Unfortunately the victim happens to be in the Washington State Attorney General's Witness Protection Program. As the most recent hire in AG's Special Homicide Investigation Team, J.P. Beaumont gets the call. He reluctantly heads to Bisbee, Arizona where he tangles not only with Joanna Brady and a contract killer but with some of his own personal demons as well. When two top-drawer and independent minded investigators collide head-on, you can't expect the result to be sweetness and light. After all, sometimes having two lead detectives on a single case is one detective too many.