Private investigator Jason Thomas “JT” Sutton, an ex-Navy SEAL, gets a tip on his cell phone about a dead body buried in an apple orchard on Highway 12. He sets out to search for the body and is shocked at what he discovers. He embarks on an investigation that takes him from the Bayview–Hunters Point District in San Francisco to the streets of Oakland and Stockton, to San Joaquin Valley’s rural orchards, to a homeless tent city, to the walls of San Quentin, and the headquarters of a powerful politician. He confronts violent gang members, a beautiful woman, and a rival sheriff, any one of whom could be the key to solving the orchard murders.