The Santa Fé Trail sets the scene for drug running, money laundering, treachery, murder, and challenges to character, as Judicial Indiscretion plays out in the cactus-studded New Mexican Rio Grande Valley landscape. Following the ritualized murder of a respected judge in Mimbres County, New Mexico, a local attorney, David Madrid, is indicted and arrested for the crime. Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter Linda Lawson of The San Diego Times, prevails upon her long time friend Matt Lucas to assist in the defense of David, her brother.
Jillie Lange is a feisty and resourceful 15-year-old who should be at home in St. Louis. Instead, she’s fleeing town on a Greyhound bus with her mother, Ada, along with money and incriminating papers belonging to a crime boss. Arriving in Phoenix, they encounter police detective Luis Faro, a man suffering severe vertigo and mired in guilt resulting from an automobile accident that killed his wife. Assigned to investigate Ada and Jillie, Luis finds himself on a collision course with the revenge fueled mobster at the same time he learns the accident that killed his wife was no accident.