Riding horseback, "Sister" Jane Arnold, the regal 72 year old master of foxhounds of the Jefferson Hunt Club, calmly surveys the peacefull rolling hills of Virginia, unaware that trouble is brewing.At the local train station a derelict is found dead, and a second hapless loner, a long-ago schoolmate of Sister's, soon follows him to the morgue.
Coincidence? Sister scents murder, but who among her oldest friends and the charming newcomers would kill two harmless old outcasts? Beyond the brilliance of the winter hunt season, other dramas of love, greed, ambition and violence, start to unfold.
With a sad heart, Sister chases a killer who has gone to ground.