Former DEA agent Hardin Steel is now the duly elected sheriff of Cameron County, Texas. Life along the Rio Grande is good. His two ex-wives are behaving, his girlfriend is beautiful, owns a condo on South Padre Island, and is helping him win?most of the time?his battle with booze. But then the Ochoa Cartel shoots down a DEA Blackhawk helicopter using a US-made Stinger missile, the wife of a corrupt judge dies in a mysterious accident, and Steel?s friend, Dennis Deleon, is found murdered on his fishing boat?his privates impaled on a large fish hook. Steel?s life is turned upside down as he goes after the killers the only way he knows how?down and dirty?winner take all?.