A wealthy industrialist is found murdered in his home along with his housekeeper. The only other evidence, a destroyed Navajo sand painting in the dead man’s art collection.
Vernon Moody is a police detective. He deals in facts. He uses modern methods to obtain those facts and catch criminals. But this case is forcing him to consider possibilities he would normally discard.
His quest to solve the murder leads him away from his orderly, quantifiable world into the realm of Navajo mysticism. A world that he discovers is not mere superstition. A world that contains forces both powerful and alien.