Jim Dorman, a laid off newspaperman in the Texas hill country, can't pay his child support. He's summoned to court for nonsupport and the first thing the judge does is read a Suggestion of Death into the record for a man who was supposed to appear that day. She tells the next man that his children would be better off if he were dead. When Jim steps up for his turn, the judge tells him to get a job or go to jail. At his next court appearance the judge reads another Suggestion of Death into the record, sparking Jim's curiosity. He soon discovers a number of men who have been cited for nonsupport died "accidental deaths." When an informant winds up murdered and stuffed into a trunk and strange mishaps befall Jim, he figures he'd better find out who's behind it all before he ends up as the next dead dad.