Dora Matthews and Jennifer Brady, both thirteen, couldn't be less
alike -- yet the luck of the draw has made them tentmates at a Girl
Scout Memorial Day weekend camping trip at Apache Pass. Dora is a wild
child, a pregnant, fatherless waif with a missing junkie mother. Jenny
is the innocent daughter of Joanna Brady, the sheriff of Cochise
County, Arizona. In the cool blackness of the high desert night, they
slip away at Dora's prodding. What they find on their unauthorized hike
will change their lives forever: the body of a murdered Phoenix
heiress, abandoned to scavengers and the elements.
Sheriff Brady fears the traumatic damage that her daughter's grim
discovery may have inflicted on the frightened teenager. Now, however,
Joanna's foremost concern is the job she was elected to do, and she
sets out on the trail of the dead woman's lowlife husband, who cleaned
out their accounts before he vanished.
The stakes get drastically higher in very short order when something
happens to poor damaged and neglected Dora Matthews that hits Joanna
like a runaway truck. Someone believes that the two girls who were
where they shouldn't have been two nights earlier are now loose ends
that need to be tied up. And Joanna's own Jenny may very well be the
next item on a killer's bloody agenda.
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