In November, 1959, the murdered body of a young teen-age girl is found buried beneath a pile of leaves, next to Crooked Creek, by Washington County Sheriff, Henry Chatsworth, and his friend, State Game Warden, Jeff Buckley. A thorough search of the area discovers a wrist bracelet with the name Claire inscribed on it. A missing persons report from the Pittsburgh Police Department states that a girl from Steubenville, Ohio could be the victim. This brings Homicide Detective Bruce McDonald to Washington County for a positive ID. Further investigation turns up more bodies and Sheriff Chatsworth is convinced a Serial Killer is operating in Washington County. The disturbed killer seeks revenge against the Sheriff for finding him out. One of the Sheriff's deputies is wounded, two of his close friends are murdered, and Sam Miller, retired farmer and on whose property the first body was found, is shot dead. The killer is obviously an excellent shot because some of his kills were made from a great distance. This prompts one of the State Policemen to recommend a Marine Sniper be brought in to either capture or kill the demented killer. A shootout is inevitable and the killer challenges the Sheriff to a duel with rifles equipped with high powered scopes.