Putnam, Mar 2005, 24.95, 336 pp.
Married less than a week, National Parks Ranger Anna Pigeon celebrates her “honeymoon” by starting a new job at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado while her spouse Sheriff Paul Davidson remains in Mississippi. However, barely on the job, she finds herself caught up in the case of two human female teens, who vanished with a third girl about a month ago, but just returned. The twosome remains closemouthed insisting they do not know what happened or where the third earthling female might be. Though traumatized by a recent climbing accident that paralyzed her, Heath Jarrod, who with her elderly aunt found the two girls, manages to somewhat reach the girls.
Anna investigates what little she has learned especially the recent slaughter of small animals and a tight lipped cult whose leader controls the young that flock to him as she hopes to rescue the still missing third person. Meanwhile Heath tries to aid the two devastated teens, who still seem frightened by whoever abducted them. Actually by assisting the girls, Heath helps herself more as she begins to adjust to life in a wheelchair.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner