Larry Vales is about to endure the longest day of his life. His patrol car is about to break down. His girlfriend is about to be pushed out of a window at the Gates Motel. He is about to lose his job. A long-missing co-patrolman is about to be discovered. His sideburns are about to grow another quarter-inch. And Larry Vales himself will uncover a disturbing conspiracy against the town that will shake Stagnant, Tennessee to its core.