"Still reeling from the scandal that cost him his badge, Randy Mayhill -- fallen lawman, dog rescuer, Dr Pepper enthusiast -- sees a return from community exile in the form of a dead hog trapper perched on a fence. The fence belongs to the late Van Woods, Mayhill's best friend and the reason for his spectacular fall. Determined to protect Van's land and family from another scandal, Mayhill ignores the sheriff who replaced him and investigates the death of the unidentified man. His quest crosses with two others: Birdie, Van's surly, mourning daughter, who has no intention of sitting idly by and leaving her father's legacy in Mayhill's hands; and Bradley, Birdie's slow, malnourished but loyal friend, whose desperation to escape a life of poverty has him working with local criminals, and possibly a murderer."--Provided by publisher.