Rolly Water is a private investigator hired to look into the deaths of some endangered birds at Border Field Park, along the Mexican border in California. But he soon finds himself enmeshed in is a series of murders of young girls, all of whom have been marked with a Virgo tattoo. His investigation leads him to an aging rock groupie named Tangerine, and his case is confounded by the appearance of a young prostitute and a psychotic doctor who is chasing her down. Fayman has taken many different ideas and combined them in a sometimes gripping, but sometimes confusing mystery. While readers will enjoy the broadly drawn characters and the rough and tumble borderland setting, they will have trouble understanding some aspects of the plot.