Former pastor, now bookseller/police chaplain Davis Morgan and young officer, Charley Nelson, find the body of a tattooed man that seems to trigger a barrage of chaos. The villains turn out to be two strange thugs with absolutely no scruples. The challenge is to not only stop them, but also to uncover the identity and motive of their boss. All this while Davis is in the grip of a nagging guilt over having left the ministry and a budding affection for Deidre, his daughter's roommate, seventeen years his junior.
Davis finds his inspiration in Psalm 5:12, "For surely, O Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield."