JOHN COOPER is a police detective in the small town of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, who has just about given up on life. Still brokenhearted over the loss of his wife, he’s spent the six years since her death avoiding relationships and chasing small time criminals through the present-day Cherokee Nation.That all begins to change the night he’s called to investigate the robbery and brutal beating of an elderly Cherokee man.

Cooper soon learns the old Indian’s attackers were after more than a little drug money. For over half a century, Edward “Flying Eyes” Blalock guarded a secret that has led to the death and suffering of generations of his family and cost him his son. Days before they were rounded up and sent on the infamous Trail of Tears, Blalock’s ancestors stole a fortune and hid it in a cave. Today, the treasure is worth over a hundred million dollars, and the old man is the only one who knows where it is– at least, he was. His attackers took something that could lead them right to it, and as the body count climbs, it’s clear they will stop at nothing to find CHEROKEE GOLD.