Bar singer-turned-college professor Sally Alder knew supermarket checkout girl Monette Bandy from barbeques at the girl's aunt and uncle's place. But she never dreamed she'd be stumbling over Monette's battered corpse high up in the scenic Devil's Playground. Now it seems Sally's the only person in Laramie, Wyoming, who gives a hoot about the brutal slaying of an overweight, oversexed honky-tonk angel with a taste for the very worst specimens of the male animal. Somewhere in the drunken chaos of Laramie's Jubilee Days festival, a week of rodeo and revelry, a murderer lurks. As she digs into Monette's shady escapades, Sally discovers that hunting a killer in the midst of the biggest party of the year could prove a lot tougher, and more deadly, than she ever imagined.