Skin Walker Regine is a fragile young woman trying to build a new life - safer and happier than the one she had as a child.
There is a normal scene that turns horrific in the blink of an eye and is the catalyst for the rest of the story.
When Terry Sherman asked other ranchers about this insanity, they confirmed that their own cattle had been mutilated in the past, and that the local authorities hadn't been able to help.
Who or what murdered this young calf? While community healers and cultural workers are known as and women, or by other positive, nurturing terms in the local, indigenous language, witches are seen as evil, performing twisted ceremonies and manipulating magic in a perversion of the good works medicine people traditionally perform.
Terry Sherman, the father, openly speculated on whether they might be running into evidence of a top-secret government project.