Airline pilot McCord Barrett's world didn't really come crashing down around him until he returned home to his family's ranch in south Florida with a pretty veterinarian in tow. His life was one of privilege and comfort until he becomes unwarily involved with the brutal and pernicious international criminal El Diablo. Barrett, the sole heir to the vast BDI fortune, is plunged into the clutches of murder, mystery and intrigue. The Barrett Banks are losing money by the millions. Barrett has to find out why and he has to find out fast. A closer investigation into the missing money does not turn up any answers but only more mystery. The ghost of the famed chief of the Seminoles, Osceola, has been spotted on his property and in the Everglades. Barrett dismisses it as silly Indian nonsense but his sidekick and boyhood friend, G.W. Wildgoose, an FBI Agent, and full-blooded Seminole, warns him not to take the omen too lightly. The ghost of Osceola is real, it's near and it's dangerous. McCord doesn't believe anyone is trying to kill him in spite of being warned. He is finally convinced when a bullet comes so close that it scorches his cheek. In their quest to find the stolen money, Barrett and Wildgoose stumble upon a secret, hidden so deeply in the bowels of the forbidding Everglades that only death can silence anyone who knows of it. In this fast-paced exciting adventure, Barrett and Wildgoose are pursued by conspiracy, smuggling, mystery, intrigue and murder. Tallman is a master storyteller and keeps you on the edge of your seat.