As usual C. J. Box brings his characters to life and shows his readers the beautiful mountains that Joe and his family call home. Readers of Box have watched the daughters of game warden Joe Pickett grow up and this book will have you will be on the edge of your chair as the latest tale threatens what he loves most. Joe Pickett continues on the straight and narrow path of a determined game warden. This is tempered by the loving relationship he has with his wife and family. As usual there is a comedic element with the loss of government property that follows Joe around. Luckily Daisy remains his loyal canine.