Backpackers Sti and Rob discover skeletal remains of a female National
Park Ranger at 11,000 feet in the trailless environment of the Sierra
Nevada High Route. The official determination is accidental death-
case closed. But for Sti and Rob it is only the beginning of a tale that
takes them down paths never before traveled.
Preeminent geologist Matthew Harris believes his granddaughter was
murdered and convinces the two semi-retired friends to be amateur
investigators. As such they encounter a series of strange historical
connections extending back to early settlers in California's Owens
Valley in the 1860's.
The connections involve Indian uprisings, geological research, Los
Angeles aqueduct, archeological artifacts, the deaths of two scientists,
and extremes that accompany the lust for gold. What starts out as just
another hike ends up as a journey through the history of the Eastern
Sierra and the puzzling cause of the death of June Harris.