Skip Rhodes, with his sidekick, Kukulkan Bonifacio Baltazar, a half-Mayan, half-Yaqui plumber to the stars, and Lilac Williams, his hot-tempered ex-girlfriend who teaches yoga and firearm training, uncovers an artifact smuggling ring and investigates a cold-case murder— all while being distracted by an intergalactic swindle perpetuated by an Arizona sidewinder straight out of the old west. Set in artsy Sedona, Arizona, Tale of the Broken Spoke introduces a quirky cast of characters including new age spiritualists, chakra and crystal experts, mystics and fortune tellers, vortex believers, alien researchers and abductees, tribal politicians, and archeologists. In eccentric fashion, these characters provide clues and insight into the mysteries facing Skip and his team. The clues take them deep into red rock canyons and on remote trails sculpted into towering sandstone formations. There, they uncover a thousand-year-old mystery and confront Native taboos. The story builds to an exciting climax with Skip and Lilac trapped in an undocumented cliff ruin fighting for their lives.