Once again Tlingit Alaska State Trooper Sergeant Robert Sable has been pulled from his honeymoon. This time his wife’s godfather, Red Bennett, a prospector, has been murdered. Fishermen found Bennett’s body near abandoned railroad tracks south of Fairbanks. Sable and his long time partner Aaron McCabe head to the location to do their own investigation. Near where the Bennett had lain, they find a note and safety deposit key wedged under a boulder. Sable locates the miner’s back trail and follows it to his mining cabin where they find the miner’s friends slumped over a table, their heads in pools of blood. While investigating the scene, Sable finds hidden under the base of the prospector’s fireplace several hundred thousand dollars in gold nuggets the killers missed.
As Sable digs further rumors fly saying Bennett had found the Alaskan Dutchman, a mine of myth, legend and a curse. Over the last hundred years, men have searched and died trying to find the mine. And if they found it, the curse would kill them and the mine would be lost again. It now appears the killers are closing on the mine’s location and Sable races to find it.
Sable tasks a computer expert on his team, Grant Foster, to track down information on Bennett’s claims. Foster finds someone is snapping up mines in the area. Many miners were threatened and forced into selling. Some have even disappeared after selling. As clues accumulate, they allude Phillip Frost is the perpetrator, a dead mobster, behind the plot. Knowing the premise is impossible, they believe there is someone behind the murders seeking revenge for Frost’s death.
When the killer comes after the trooper and their families, they must find and stop him before he kills them.