When Prospect, Tennessee Police Chief Sam Jenkins attends the town's annual heritage festival it not only satisfies his interest in Early American history, it draws him into the investigation of another murder on "the peaceful side of the Smokies."
Local antique dealer, G. Nobel Whitehead, has been savagely killed. As former New York detective turned police chief wades through a cadre of quirky local characters to learn how the victim's shady dealings lead to his demise the questions just keep popping up.
Did Whitehead's attraction to a half-Cherokee woman trouble her fiancé enough to commit murder? Or did the victim cheat one of his customers? The only thing for certain is that someone really wanted him dead.