The northern border of Minnesota is wooded and laked, porous and largely unguarded, a gateway for drugs and human trafficking. Crossers are considered a problem, especially lately, when a series of violent, unsettling murders sets the town of Witch River Falls on edge. Daniel Bridgewater just lost his job at the mine, so he has a mortgage to pay, a baby on the way, and not a lot of options.
When the Border Patrol announces a hiring initiative, sending in an application might seem like a no-brainer, but Daniel is half-white, half-Chippewa, and he feels all kinds of mixed-up about policing a border he doesn't fully believe in. But he has to support his family, so he resigns himself to the job, a divided self in a divided country. He soon finds himself torn between the conflicting forces of a local cartel and his fellow agents. Everyone seems to want to use Daniel, and when his family is kidnapped, he’ll have to become the monster to fight the monsters all around him in this story of geographic, cultural, and political division.