It's sunny California and everyone is grooving to popular music In the land of free love. A serial killer is preying on military men and other tough guys, drugging them, mutilating, torturing them, and then killing them. The crime scenes are among the most brutal that law enforcement has ever seen, and yet, there are few clues left with the mangled corpses. The murders are in double figures, and the Sierra Vista sheriff's office, working with the FBI, call Virgil McLendon to come show them his weird system of "profiling" and of "reading crime scenes," because they have lost all hope of finding the clever, lucky killer. He is their last hope of stopping the massacre. As a large task force tries to find the killer, the killer taunts them. Virgil refuses to give up and as he examines each flimsy clue, and develops some strange theories, he and his team begin to develop a picture of the murderer. Unfortunately, the picture they have is a rough profile and doesn't give them a name or a way to find the cruel murderer. Only through a random clue found in an unlikely place, do they find a trail. As they close in, tables are turned, and the killer and the danger becomes personal. Just as a lion rips a lab's throat away, this killer, will play with his prey, and wait for just the right second to bite down. Can Virgil McLendon catch him in time? It'll be a race to the finish. Based on a true murderer in California, this fictional account delves into the question of what makes a serial killer, are profiles useful, and what dark evil lives at the base of a killer's soul. When pushed hard enough, any man may break.