Officer McCrea is starting his eighth year of service as a South Dakota Game Warden. His status as a naïve, rookie officer is in the distant past. He has matured professionally and has taken on additional, high-liability endeavors such as certified firearms instructor, head range master, and use of deadly force instructor. After just eight years he is bestowed with a tremendous professional honor: 1991 Wildlife Officer of the Year. He received this highest honor for his outstanding service to the public and his developing expertise in wildlife law enforcement. But his professionalism and dedication have come at a cost. Warden McCrea not only has to battle against committed, unrepentant poachers, he realizes he has to battle against two new and unexpected foes. The first is the ugly and demoralizing actions of state politicians, some of whom seek to diminish, even destroy, his profession. The second, and most disheartening, battle is waged against elements within his own agency. Specifically, the corrupt, unreasonable, often toxic actions and expectations of unsympathetic co-workers who simply refuse to recognize the seemingly endless demands placed on Warden McCrea and his fellow district game wardens. All the while Warden McCrea is engaged in a mission to catch and hold poachers accountable. That mission will bring him into contact with some of the most vicious, dangerous, and desperate outlaws in his district. Some will try their best to kill him. One is a serial killer. Against all odds, Warden McCrea perseveres and survives. The reason he survives so many close calls and near misses will shock and surprise readers. It is counter-intuitive, especially in the present-day environment where law enforcement officers are judged guilty until proven innocent by a highly-skeptical public. So get ready to experience a wild and largely unpredictable ride where danger and uncertainty is often just around the next corner. Go where Warden McCrea goes. Contact the people he contacts. After reading his many harrowing, true-to-life accounts, be prepared to answer the most compelling and challenging questions Warden McCrea had to ask and reconcile every time he geared up and went on duty: Will I survive my shift? Will I make it home safely? Am I making a difference? Is what I'm doing worth it? Does anyone care?