Nothing much ever happens in sleepy little Staircase, Washington-and it's Fire Chief Mac Fontana's job to help keep it that way. But madness sets in on a balmy June night-when someone lights a match and starts the town burning.
An arsonist is on a torching binge, and innocent life has been lost. Suddenly the tabloid media is descending upon Staircase, questioning Mac's abilities-and digging for sordid details about his relatioship with a reclusive, scandal-ridden Hollywood star...and her fire-fixated son. A small town has gone crazy with the heat, but Mac Fontana must avoid all distractions. Because it's his duty to stop a deadly firebug who could be closer than the Chief dares to imagine...and it may be Mac whom the killer is out to burn.