Mike Bowditch gets a call from a friend who is working for a wealthy woman manning the gates of her property. She bought up a large amount of land in Maine, kicked out the people living on leased land, banned hunting and wood cutting and put up gates to keep vehicles out. She wants to turn it into a wild life refuge. The people who live in the area and make their living at the mill or feed their families by hunting don´t like her and she has been getting threatening letters and calls. Mike arrives to see what his friend is so upset about and is confronted with seven dead moose on the property, slaughtered and left to rot. Mike´s superiors try to freeze him out of the investigation to get back at him for not following orders in the past. He showed them up and solved the previous case and made them look bad. He decided to follow orders this time and try to stay out of trouble. Things get worse though and more dead moose are spotted from the air. The woman´s daughter calls him scared to death because a truck is chasing her. The violence is escalating and people want this case solved. At the same time Mike is dealing with a difficult family problem and starts thinking about quitting his job as a game warden.
This was a great book and Paul Doiron seems to be getting better with each book. When I wasn´t reading this book I was thinking about it.