Abby Chase wants to be a successful jewelry artist, but when her dog, PJ, gets carsick at a Wyoming mountain pullout and leads Abby to the body of a dying woman, Abby finds herself involved in another murder case. The woman's family accuses Abby of stealing a valuable diamond ring. Abby must solve the murder to prove her innocence.
At an auction held on the deceased lady's ranch, Abby purchases antique cast iron pots, boxes of old sheet music, and a worn book of poetry for use in her resin jewelry designs. As Abby sifts through the pages from the boxes, she learns more about the lady and her life. Abby's search leads her into danger, and it is only her artistic eye that helps her solve the case in time. Abby's job on the ranch keeps her busy cooking, and with the help of Colt, the owner's son, she cares for the former wrangler's big black horse.
When Abby Chase takes her dog, PJ, for a bucolic hike on a remote Wyoming cattle ranch, PJ finds a human bone. With her life already in shambles, Abby convinces herself the bone belongs to an elk until she sees a poster about a hunter missing for the past year. Abby returns to the woods to take a picture of the bone beginning a string of events that place her and PJ in increasing danger. A killer and a poacher are stalking the ranch, and when trouble finds her, Abby must face her fears or leave the ranch.
Abby wants to be a metalsmith like her aunt, but if she doesn't find a place to live soon, she and PJ, will be living out of her car. The divorce her husband insisted on is almost final, and her part-time waitressing job isn't working out. Then PJ finds the bone, and Abby becomes embroiled in the investigation.
A young woman with no one to turn to she must form friendships with the cowboys and waitresses who work on the ranch, including one who is very jealous of Abby's time spent with the handsome wrangler. While cooking with antique cast iron and working on her jewelry projects, Abby does her best to solve the crimes and keep PJ and herself safe.
Christy Meadows has a life long love of nature and has spent almost every day of her life walking in the woods, fields, and mountains with her dogs. She has trekked in rain, sun, fog and snow, including the bitter cold of Alaska. While In Alaska she went skijoring and sledding with her huskies. Her dogs have alerted her to moose hiding in the brush and the possibility of bears sharing nearby blueberry bushes.
In Wyoming, where she lives with her husband, her dogs have warned her away from snakes and mountain lions. Her love of jewelry making and dogs inspired this book. In her spare time she paints watercolor landscapes, animal portraits, plays with metal, often making earrings or necklaces with a nature theme and dreams up mysteries. While writing, her cow-dog Saratoga keeps Christy company and sleeps on her dog bed dreaming of running through the prairie grass after her ball.