The small town of Rockwater Mountain had gone thirty-one years and three months without a killing. That is, until Johnny Tom Mitchell, an ex-Viet-Nam sniper, decided to snap one night. Having caught his man and then let him escape, Chief Harry Tucker's easy-going small-town life becomes a tireless, unrelenting search effort to re-capture the killer before he strikes again. But that is just the beginning of his problems. When Johnny Tom pulls the trigger on the nephew of the don who runs the Philadelphia mob, Harry suddenly finds himself turned from the hunter to the hunted.