It's hours away from darkness with a bitter winter storm raging when Joe Pickett finds himself deep in the forest edging Battle Mountain, shotgun in his left hand, his truck's steering wheel handcuffed to his right—and Lamar Gardiner's arrow-riddled corpse splayed against the tree in front of him. Lamar's murder and the sudden onslaught of the snowstorm warns: Get off the mountain. But Joe knows this episode is far from over. Somewhere in the dense timber, a killer draws back his bowstring—with Joe as his prey. Joe's pursuit of the killer through the rugged mountain that surrounds the snow-packed town of Saddle-string takes a horrifying turn when his beloved foster daughter is kidnapped. Now it's personal, and Joe will stop at nothing to get her back.