Strange things are happening at the Los Coyotes big cat preserve, and 16-year-old Ben Jepson wants to find out who's behind them. When a body is discovered in a locked jaguar cage, Ben knows that someone is trying to make trouble for Los Coyotes and its manager, Dr. Peter Jepson, Ben's father. An outspoken conservationist known for his activism, Dr. Jepson has made some powerful enemies. But why are they acting now, when Ben's parents are on a tiger conservation mission in India? When Ben's favorite tiger, Dmitri, nicknamed "Lord of the Kill" for his dangerous reputation, is kidnapped, Ben is faced with a major dilemma should he wait for the authorities to handle the case or strike out on his own to save Dmitri?
Los Coyotes as well as Ben Jepson previously appeared in Taylor's novel Sniper, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. As he did in his best-selling novel The Cay, Theodore Taylor again tackles some controversial topics, including poaching, canned hunts, and the practice of selling endangered animals' parts for medicinal uses. Theodore Taylor's suspenseful prose and enlightening treatment of these timely issues make for a compelling story.