Private investigator Phil Oxnard and his wife Paula are treated to a complimentary two week stay at Pole Pine Lodge in the Sierra Nevada. Soon after their arrival, Phil learns of a young man who dropped out of sight several months earlier and was last heard from while in the vicinity of the lodge. Within the next few days a brutally beaten woman remains in a coma, a prize winning painting is vandalized, and a lodge employee is found dead in the woods, the victim of an ostensible hunting accident. Phil is sure all of these events are related. The question is how. Phil finds he has no choice but to investigate. It’s not long before his relaxing vacation runs into a veritable busman’s holiday.