When War Chief Browser stumbles into a subterranean ceremonial chamber filled with headless bodies, he knows it is just the beginning. The darkness that has haunted him for most of his life has returned. A murderer lurks in the shadows around Browser's village, taking people one at a time. Browser turns for help to a crazy tribal elder who solved many crimes before. Browser is certain old Stone Ghost knows the killer. But the elder is telling no one. As the war chief frantically works to find the fiend, the murderer watches far closer than Browser would ever dream possible. Only a few heartbeats ahead in geologic time, archaeologist William "Dusty" Stewart finds himself excavating a mass grave in New Mexico filled with the brutalised bodies of children. As the number of bodies begins to mount, he is forced to call upon the skills of his arch-nemesis: world-renowned Canadian physical anthropologist Dr Maureen Cole. What Dusty and Maureen discover about the killer's method is almost too horrible to believe.
Kathleen O'Neal Gear is a former state historian and archaeologist for Wyoming, Kansas, and Nebraska for the U.S. Department of the Interior. She has twice received the federal government's Special Achievement Award for "outstanding management" of our nation's cultural heritage. W. Michael Gear, who holds a master's degree in archaeology, has worked as a professional archaeologist since 1978. He is currently principal investigator for Wind River Archaeological Consultants. The Gears, whose First North American Series and Anasazi Mystery Series, are both international as well as "USA Today" bestsellers live in Thermopolis, Wyoming.