The book begins on an idyllic note: it’s late summer and time for the Bella County Fair. But things heat up between John Dow and Victor Stuart as each vies for the good favor of Julia Vandercamp. Tensions increase fueled by the tentacles of a growing organized crime presence. When events spin out of control there is a manhunt for the suspect. Will he be caught by the lynch mob? Will the real culprit get away with it? Behind it all is the farm manager, Jefferson John Brown, African American philosopher-detective. Can he succeed against all odds?