The prairie and sand hill country of north central Nebraska is a land of stark beauty and few people. Jack and Carrie Decker and their two children find themselves stuck by circumstances and a lack of money in this land far away from anywhere they were going or had been.
Jack had once been a senior corporate executive and a business owner before bad decisions and bad breaks left him with nearly nothing. After their car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, he and his family are stranded in unfamiliar surroundings. The family is welcomed into the small community, where Jack and Carrie find jobs, friends, and some peace of mind after years of stress and worry. However, the bucolic peace doesn’t last. Bullets start flying, and a bomb almost kills them as they find themselves at the center of a battle involving books at the school library and on a collision course with a vicious gang of robbers. Jack and Carrie, with the help of a mysterious old man and his cat, summon courage and conviction they didn’t know they had, and dig until they find the clues that lead them to the man at the center of it all.