Who is Walkin' Jack? Set at Lake Tahoe in the '80s, speculation is: could an old man known as the "town character" once have been head of one of the most successful studios in Hollywood?
Stevie Randolph, a reporter-photographer for the daily newspaper at South Lake Tahoe, digs for information regarding Walkin' Jack for a feature article, but background is difficult to find. Stevie's search becomes involved with the investigation of the murder of a casino "slot mechanic." The investigation is being conducted by her love interest, Max Daley.
Stevie gets inside information from Teddy Morgan who owns a local art gallery and is knowledgeable in psychic matters with a well-developed sixth sense. Teddy warns Stevie of danger in continuing her research into Walkin' Jack.
A memorial service for the murder victim is conducted by Preacher Joe, who is a casino bartender. Joe tends to customers' physical needs for drink and spiritual needs for solace, his rationalization for a preacher being a bartender.
The ups and downs of Stevie and Max are woven into the background of daily activities of two people living in one of the world's most beautiful settings. The story shows that the beauty of Tahoe has blemishes.