An FBI agent struggles to help the father of her child.
Ali Page is an FBI investigator in Montana, far from the New Jersey home where her dysfunctional early life left her with emotional problems. But her pain is nothing compared to that of Reeve Landon. Even after fathering their much-loved child, Emily, Reeve was unable to commit to marriage. Ever since he accidentally shot his best friend when they were 9 years old, guilt has ruined his life. Following a series of teenage run-ins with the law, he finally got a degree and a job in the wilderness near Glacier National Park, where he and McKay, his hyperactive dog, track down animal scat for the University of Montana’s research program. When reporter Anne Marie Johnson spends the day with him for an article on his job, he finds her attractive, but he’s put off by the questions she asks about gun control and his past. Soon after Anne Marie is found dead outside a cabin she's borrowing from a friend, Reeve is arrested. Nervous and resentful, he doesn’t admit that Anne Marie was in his cabin, and even though he’s released, it’s obvious that the police consider him their main suspect. Ali, knowing that it’s a conflict of interest for her to get involved but worried that the police won’t look at anyone else, uses her position to get information from police and coroner’s reports and questions people she thinks may be involved. Although Anne Marie has written stories on wildlife, her current focus on gun control has led her to interview some dangerous people. While Reeve uses his job as an excuse to escape into the mountains with McKay, Ali digs herself deeper into trouble trying to prove him innocent.
Although the beauties of the area remain the same as in The Weight of Night (2017), Carbo introduces a new sleuth, plenty of angst, and a tighter plot that switches back and forth between the thoughts of the heroine and the hero.