Scott Burnett’s mid-life state of affairs was no one’s idea of a pleasure cruise. Marriage on the rocks. A clueless bootlick of a boss. A lifestyle rich in antacids and insomnia. And just when the Environmental Protection Agency enforcement agent thought he’d hit rock bottom, along comes another edict from the top of the bureaucratic food chain: A new disadvantaged socioeconomic group has laid claim to priority hiring status, complete with recruitment quotas. Burnett is certainly no stranger to such phenomena, but this new demographic defies belief: Hillbillies.
The last thing the Denver-based EPA agent needs is another distraction. He has a big fish to fry—an A-list dirtbag by the name of Scoop Pritchett, a mining mogul genetically programmed to trash the earth for fun and profit. The only thing Pritchett ever recycled was cash, tithing a portion of his ill-gotten gains to the church of government corruption. Mentally unbalanced but tactically brilliant, Pritchett is perennially one step ahead, haunting and taunting Burnett and his beleaguered right-hand man, ex-Special Forces soldier Paul Gonzales.
Taking unconditional leave of his senses, Burnett recklessly tries to derail the Hire-a-Bubba campaign before it incurably infects his agency—or worse yet, inspires other backwoods citizenry to lobby Congress for a ride on the preferential treatment express. With the help of reluctant comrades back East, he scrapes the bottom of the social barrel, dredging up a pair of guaranteed failures in the form of Dwayne Jeter and Frank Preston, renegade rent-a-cops currently touring Dixieland in a hijacked Homeland Security interrogation van. Hire. Fire. End of story.
But Burnett’s strategy backfires in ways he could never have imagined. Feeling the wrath of his entire office, he hastily ships Team Billy Ray off on a high-altitude assignment in the Colorado Rockies. With brains that could ill afford the oxygen deprivation, his wayward minions unwittingly prove their worth, while their new boss walks a fine line between getting even and getting fired.