. . . is deep purple and dark red in Cypress County (Florida) when a girl, one of Travis McGee's youthful voluptuaries, runs across the road and puts his car underwater while he ends up in the inflexible hands of the local sheriff. Lew Arnstead, one of the sheriff's helpers, beats up Meyer and from then on it's an almost hopelessly confusing business where everything kills including speed and even those palmetto leaves can cut your throat. McGee is as muy macho as ever which is all his advocates and Heidi -- she's back at the end -- want.