In the early morning hours in the middle of a secluded Creek County road in rural Alabama, a jon boat is found upside down. Nearby is an apparent murder victim with his head bashed in. Sheriff Robert Jackson, known to everyone as Sugar Bear, and his detective, Lynette Williams, must find clues. What they found was no anchor for the boat.
The victim is the abusive husband of a woman who escaped to Creek County several months earlier. She is the obvious suspect with more ties to Creek County than anyone knew. However, something about her makes Sugar Bear doubt her guilt.
In addition to solving a murder, Sugar Bear and his deputies must deal with a sophisticated theft ring that has moved into the county.To complicate matters, a former nemesis returns and manages to get Sugar Bear relieved of his duties but he has other plans to solve all these crimes.