It is a hot summer night in upscale Orange County, California. When young, beautiful Consuelo Vargas turns up horribly mutilated and left for dead in a strawberry field, the Irvine Police Department and OC Sheriff call in top FBI Forensic pathologist/agent, Dr. Catherine (“Cat”) Powers to solve a string of murders.
Charged with hunting down a twisted serial killer dubbed the “The Burning Man” as more bodies turn up, Cat embarks on a dangerous game. Her actions will destroy the people she holds most dear. Her decisions will forever change the lives of those she loves.
Little does she know, The Burning Man waits for her, drawing her closer into his web of death and deceit, so that he can take from her the ultimate prize. He waits for her in plain sight forcing her to make a choice no mother should ever have to make.
This thriller traces the painfully real struggles of a driven woman who is torn between her career demands and motherhood and a family saga involving Cat’s young son and his loss of innocence. It explores the bond shared by a mother and child as they combat pure evil. Cat knows only that she will do anything to catch this killer and keep those she loves alive. But will it be enough?