As he acquaints himself with the locals, the 'phone tree' slowly informs him that the Duncans make their money via their transportation business of the local produce. They've got a monopoly that forces all farms to work through them. However, to Reacher, something else is afoot and this rubs our hero the wrong way.
As the story unfolds, Duncan and more unsavory types from Las Vegas that represent La Cosa Nostra and Middle Eastern interests await delivery of a shipment from Canada. Seems Reacher might interfere with the shipment's arrival and that's not going to happen. Now, this brings out the six-foot-five two-hundred and fifty-pound avenger’s tools of the trade. Let’s just say, those tools of the trade don’t only include the usual guns and body blows. By the way, you'll 'hear' bodies do all sorts of things when Reacher meets the bad guys. Also, it seems the Duncan’s have their own thugs in former Nebraska Cornhusker football players. While not good enough to make the National Football League (NFL), they're just perfect for enforcing the will of the Duncans through intimidation and body sizes bigger than even Jack Reacher.
Reacher provides the townspeople with a blueprint of courage and the pages burn like the story finale. I suppose someone in the world resembles a Jack Reacher. I don’t know if that’s smart, but don't find yourself in their crosshairs.