Rachel Goldman a youthful, attractive, native New Yorker is a lawyer law in South East New Mexico. Her cowboy customers get Rachel to investigate the mega petrochemical concerns that have polluted their water wells. Deputy Norm sides with them when things turn violent and a crazy man carries out a heinous act of arson. Even the courts align with big business as Rachel is prosecuted for contempt of court. An ingenious plan is concocted to pump the oil from the water wells.
"The late afternoon sun was a glowing red-orange orb, kissing the purple haze of the distant desert. I pulled my four-wheel drive Chevy pick-up onto the shoulder of the empty, two-lane highway that I'd been following for the past hour. When I opened the door, the searing desert heat blasted me, stirring childhood memories of opening my grandma Sarah's ancient oven to see what sweet kosher delight she was baking. I stood alone. Not lonely, just alone, a good alone."