This fast paced crime caper set in the 1980s has W.D. Caldwell, an elderly real estate man turned informant for the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, trying to ward off drug dealers moving into Northwestern Minnesota. A worthy sleuth, W.D. discovers a huge marijuana garden across the road from the Bartons, a religious couple. Surprised that they suddenly want to leave, W.D. sells their home to New York television executive Dyanna Dahlberg. Things heat up after Dyanna moves in and their criminal activity is discovered, along with an unsolved murder, the suicide of the Barton's daughter in her garage, numerous break-ins and the sudden appearance of her murderous boyfriend, all spells terror. Things can and do get worse as the local outlaw Steve Olsen stages a home invasion and a body is discovered at a highway rest stop. Somehow the loons find it amusing and mark the action with their maniacal cries.