Trading the steamy jungles of Bangkok for hte frigid Washington coast, Fish and Wildlife agent Venus Diamon is at best, miserable. Battling the malaria that has made her perpetually feverish and jaundiced, she's just been handed a murder case in the upscale Puget Sound resort town of Ozone Beach.
Madge Leroux, timber queen and dragon lady, is dead. Venus needs this headache like Seattle needs rain. While she yearns for good health and another crack at the poachers plaguing Asia, she quickly discovers that east and west are meeting in her own backyard. A mutilated bear corpse puts her back into the jungles of greed and black market atrocities, where big game also means human corpses...her own included.