Amy Raye Latour, an experienced bow hunter with a heartbreaking past, ventures out alone in the wilderness while on a hunting trip with two male companions. Within hours, things go terribly wrong and a massive search and rescue operation ensues. Among the authorities that respond to the emergency call is Pru Hathaway, with her search and rescue dog, Kona. But after heavy snowfall, few leads, and increasingly treacherous conditions, the operation gradually turns into a search and recovery that will resume in the spring. Pru, though, is not resigned to that. The more she learns about the woman for whom she is searching, and about Amy Raye’s shadowy past, the more she suspects that Amy Raye might yet be alive. Pru’s own search becomes an obsession for a woman whose life is just as mysterious as the clues she has left behind.
As the novel follows Amy Raye and Pru in alternating threads, Breaking Wild assumes the white-knuckled pace of a thriller laying bare Amy Raye’s struggle to remain alive despite harrowing conditions, and Pru’s dogged pursuit of the woman who, against all odds, she believes she can find.