When Rik Patience—who has no patience—trips over the body of a murder victim sticking out from under the envelope of a hot air balloon, it turns into a sometimes hilarious, sometimes terrifying, sometimes heartbreaking ride.
Rik and her over-sixties group of fellow sleuths endeavor to solve a mystery that even the sheriff’s department can’t solve. Things never go well for Rik in life or love in spite of her best intentions. She finds herself on the wrong side of her Mason, Texas, friends when she becomes “public enemy number one” after refusing to help with a festival that will bring tourists into town—but also promotes alcoholic beverages.
Events continue to spiral out of control. She crashes a hot air balloon into a wedding party, but that’s only the first crash. When she searches for a missing person—danger stalks her. She winds up placing her life in the hands of a most unlikely hero.