Southern Colorado. High country summer. Undersheriff, Arturo Montoya, and range rider, Charlie Howe, seek justice for a young Chicano woman and her daughter - mauled mutilated and slain. It is hard to fathom how the woman, Rebecca, a teacher, well known and loved, could have been involved in dealing drugs. Yet that is what early evidence indicates.
Complications: Rebecca's father, Rodrigo, an old time rancher complete with Castilian code of honor learns all he needs to know about the who and why. He declines to share these details with Montoya saying he and Los Hermanos de la Luz - Brothers of the Light - will take full retrebution long before the gears of gringo "justice" even begin to turn.
With this news Montoya sees blood-feud loooming between Los Hermanos and the drug lord operatong out of northern New Mexico. A blood-letting that could go very badly for his out-gunned friends and neighbors. He and former Army Ranger, Howe, must strive to out-manuver friend and foe in a daunting race to serve up certain justice for Rebecca's and Cindy's barbaric murders.
Meanwhile, Charlie Howe falls in love wirh Montoya's fierce little sister-in-law, Olivia. Poor timing. Olivia's wife-beating ex-hubby, Billy Joe, is released nine months early from the state pen. Intent only on making his ex and Montoya pay for sending him there, Billy Joe will use his connections to drug lord and son to insure unholy vengence. - On them and on all those they hold dear.
Inspite of grim prospects as storm clouds gather, our heroes and heroens contrive to enyoy the moments they can. Love, laughter and family matter. How else to survive the world around you going insane?