The message greeting fashion writer Christy McKenna fills her with apprehension. Twelve years have passed since she last heard from her estranged sister, the celebrated supermodel known to an admiring world as 'Jo.' It had been bad news then; it would be bad news now. A desperate plea from the one person she cannot refuse is drawing Christy from Manhattan to the mysterious red-rock canyons of the Four Corners country - but too late for Jo, who has vanished without a trace. Suddenly trapped in a world of perilous secrets, in a West she thought she'd escaped forever, Christy's only ally is the outlaw archaeologist Aaron Cain - who could ultimately be a friend, a lover, or a threat - as they chase a fortune in ancient Native American artifacts ... and the answers to a strange disappearance that could be the death of them all.