In Oceanside, California, 2 people, trying to escape their pasts, are brought together by an old woman at church. An overheard conversation leads one of them on a life or death journey in search of redemption. While the other becomes prey to a predator. A terrorist sleeper cell is about to awaken and a face of evil is about to be revealed. When you live in darkness, what will it ake to see the light?
Starvation Mountain is a contemporary fiction thriller. Jim Schmidt had found his home, his place, on his acreage located on Starvation Mountain. He loved riding the mountains that ranged east of San Diego, and his avocado grove would soon be the site of his retirement home. He wished he had been able to convince Annie to move south when he left Boulder Creek where they had lived together. It was still painful to consider that she had finally agreed to come down for a week just before she died in an awful traffic accident. Now, some years after he had purchased his grove, he was finally getting the plans going for his home. He had been discussing them with his architect when he heard a woman's voice. She approached him from the small cabin adjoining his land. Her name was Penny Lane, itself a fitting icebreaker of a conversational topic. Like him, she loved to ride, and, like Jim, she actually preferred Jack Daniels to wine. Penny had an unknown problem, however; one that she didn't create, but would set the two new friends on a life and death ride across the country.