It was supposed to be just a lark—a white water adventure through the lower canyons of the Rio Grande River. It's all perfectly safe, his uncle had assured Dylan's parents.
But then Dylan, fourteen, learns that his river-guide uncle has taken off for Alaska.
His fifteen-year-old cousin Rio, all muscle and bravado, says they can do it by themselves—no problem!
Both boys will find out that this ten-day ride down the river is no adventure. The two teens face stinging scorpions, fierce white waters, a terrible storm, and flash flooding. The river is higher and more savage than it has ever been.
But that is not the worst of it.
Into their camp stumbles a crazed drug cartel member who has kidnapped a judge's son. He'll do anything, kill anyone, to evade the police.