A mysterious fire. A mother’s untimely death. A son with no memory of the night before. A young daughter struggling to understand. 

Fired from his job at the Tulsa Zoo, 26-year-old Zane Clearwater wakes from an alcohol-and cough syrup-induced blackout to learn his mother was killed the night before in a fire in their trailer-park home. 

Zane has no memory of that night—could he have set the blaze? The police have a lot of questions, but so do Zane and his 14-year-old sister Lettie.

When he gets a mysterious text that indicates everything his mother told him about her past was a lie, Zane embarks on a journey of discovery that results in meeting his supposedly long-dead father. 

Zane may share his father’s Cherokee blood, but can he battle against the anger and violence that also lurks beneath the surface of his own skin? 

Is Zane destined to repeat the sins of his father?

[A] murder mystery energized by extraordinary impassioned characters.

-Kirkus Reviews

“A story like no other I have read.”

-Debbie, Goodreads

“By the end, readers will be hooked on the brother-sister team and assorted shady characters.”

-Kirkus Reviews

“This is a fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat tale that quickly grabs your attention and keeps you captivated through til the end.”

-A Cozy Booknook