After a human corpse from a gruesome
murder is discovered at the Carlton County Feed Yard, Sheriff Sam
Abbott, Undersheriff Lottie Albright, and her deputy husband know their
resources are going to be overstretched. Still, none of their team or the
neighboring law enforcement in western Kansas welcomes the idea of a regional
KBI agent Dimon suggests the murder
may not be a simple local affair. Unconvinced, Lottie—still director of the
historical society—calls for stories from families whose ancestors were part of
groups colonizing Kansas, hoping to uncover information for the investigation.
Dõna Francesca Diaz, the elderly head of one such clan, arrives at the society with
her great-granddaughter. It turns out that the murder victim was Francesca’s
great-grandson Victor. Francisca insists she knows why Victor was killed,
claiming to have ancient documents that can clarify everything.
At Dõna Francesca’s invitation,
Lottie visits the Diaz property and gets several surprises. In a drought-ridden
area, the land is lush; there are hints of a mysterious family treasure; and Francesca,
a fabled curandera with terribly damaged hands, seeks an heir for her herbal knowledge
and folk medicine skills. With Victor dead and his sister vowing to become a
nun, Francesca has selected Lottie. Reluctant yet fascinated, Lottie agrees.
And that’s just the first step into generations of a family history fraught
with tension and emotional distress. Will it also hold the key to murder and
other terrible crimes?
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