1933. Cornelia Stover is not the kind of woman the menfolk of Boldville, New Mexico, expect her to be. A widow, she ought to be taking care of her house and her daughter. Instead, she's meddling with things that should not concern her. 1970. Former cop Joanna Riley packs up her car in the middle of the night and drives west, fleeing her abusive marriage. Eventually, the car runs out of gas and she finds herself in Boldville, a desert town in the Gila Mountains. Meanwhile a young hippie, Glitter, is struggling to realise her plan for a commune. Soon, Joanna and Glitter encounter a shocking modern-day crime and find themselves caught up in a decades-old mystery.