The Dark Wind is the second Tony Hillerman novel to feature Officer Jim Chee. Recent college graduate Jim Chee has just taken a job with the Navajo Tribal Police in Arizona, where he helps keep the peace with his superior Captain Largo on land earmarked for joint use by the Navajo and the Hopi. Cowboy Dashee, a deputy sheriff from the Hopi law enforcement group, discovers a decaying and unidentified body in the desert, and thinks that the body may be linked to a recent robbery at the reservation's trading post. The shop's manager, Jake West, is convinced that Joe Musket, a Navajo drug dealer, is responsible for the killing. Chee investigates the murder, the robbery, and a mysterious plane crash.