This novel is about the inextricable, twisted relationship between two self-destructive men. Ward Fall is a rancher in Wyoming, a family man with a strong and supportive wife. Eric Lindsay is a studio musician and songwriter in Los Angeles. Eric and Ward were classmates and friends at U.C. Berkeley. Their friendship turned ugly in an instant when, on a hunting trip, Ward accidentally killed Eric's twin sister, Gwen, with his shotgun, ruining the lives of the surviving two former friends. Ward wallows in guilt, depression, and alcohol. Eric's chaotic life is driven by anger and self-destructive behavior. Now, 25 years later, Ward invites Eric to come to his ranch and go on an elk hunt. The two former friends set out on a tense, contentious camping trip. Ward longs to atone for his guilt. Eric wants revenge. They are both armed with rifles.