Ted Blackwell has a problem. Unhappy with life in the big city he ran away, to train horses on Nowhere Ranch, his childhood home in rural Arizona. His plans for the future went no further than that. But the retiring lawman of that tiny hamlet said, “Offer the job to Blackwell, he’s the only one dumb enough to take it.” As it turned out, the man was right.
Now, as a result of saying yes to becoming the town’s one and only policeman, Ted has Joy, a profane fourteen-year-old runaway living in his house. As if that weren’t bad enough, he’s faced with a murder that no one believes happened; people are trying to force him off his ranch; someone used a stick of dynamite on his truck; people are dying and the body count is mounting. And now the governor wants to see him, to either praise or lock him up—perhaps both.
Time is running out, danger is mounting, and the only help Ted has is in the form of three sisters, his posse. One seems to like him, another wants to drive him crazy, and the third is convinced that he’s an idiot. She may just be right.