At first dismissive when his Aunt Daisy describes her vivid dreams of a little girl with blood dripping from her hands, Ute tribal investigator Charlie Moon begins to take her visions more seriously after hearing of the murder of an elderly Nevada man, purportedly at the hands of Sarah Frank, a twelve year old Ute-Papago orphan whose father was Moon's childhood friend. Hoping to help the little girl, who has seemingly vanished into thin air, Charlie and his lover, FBI Special Agent Lila McTeague, travel from his ranch in Colorado to Nevada to investigate, little realizing that the fiercely independent Sarah has her own surprising agenda.
Stone Butterfly is thoroughly entertaining, thoroughly engrossing novel, brimming with vivid examples of the best and worst of humanity, and the best and worst in human nature. Doss is a sly, cunning, all knowing narrator, unafraid to let his characters look silly, or to let them come to harm. The result is an entirely unpredictable story, a book full of surprises, some which will shock, and others which bring some readers to tears. Stone Butterfly is potent stuff, a book with style, pathos, enthusiasm, and humor to spare.