The idyllic town of Ashland is nestled in the foothills of the Siskiyou Mountains. Locals often describe it as a little bit of England set down in Southern Oregon. Yet amidst the historic craftsman bungalows, the world-renown Shakespeare theaters, and the lush, manicured gardens in Lithia Park, something evil lurks.
While walking his pet raccoon, 72-year-old Homer Sullivan spots something shiny sparkling in the leaves near Ashland Creek. Thinking it might be a diamond ring, he hurries over to retrieve it in the hope he’ll become someone’s hero. He panics when he discovers the ring is attached to the fourth finger of a severed hand. He must find Detective Radhauser and fast.
Winston Radhauser has always searched for the truth. Set only eight months post 9-11, a young Islamic family is terrorized, and the severed hand is only the beginning. This time, Radhauser is tested to his limits, but will the truth devastate him?