A gruesome murder in a cat rescue sanctuary splinters animal lovers and animal haters in a serene California mountain village. Village patrol officer, and animal activist, Holly Seabright, intrudes herself in the investigation to clear the name of the founder, a heroine among the animal rescue community. Hot shot homicide investigator Dex Stafford battles a cat allergy and a dislike for a place without a Starbucks - or even streetlights. Nothing goes his way. He and his partner disagree over the course of the investigation.