When veterinarian Rachel Goddard and Deputy Sheriff Tom Bridger take teenagers on an outing to clean up roadside trash in rural Mason County, Virginia, they make a grisly discovery: the plastic-wrapped body of a young woman. One girl peers at the face through the plastic and screams. The corpse is her sister.
During Tom's investigation, questions arise. Was it random, or was she killed because she was working to prove that a Mason County man was wrongly convicted of murder? If an innocent man was convicted, then the real murderer must be free--and ready to kill to stay that way.
Rachel is coping with a visit from her own sister, Michelle, who is terrified that a man is stalking her. Is the mysterious stalker real and dangerous? Will he turn his attention to Rachel too?
As Tom pursues the stalker question and closes in on the murder case, Rachel fights her own battle--and her past.