Filer 'Mad Dog' Wilson, journeyman lineman, has settled down with a family and a nine to five job doing distribution work for P. G. & E. in Portland, Oregon. His involvement with ex cons, a philandering boss, copper thieves, and high voltage transmission work is behind him. (Read The Copper Thieves) Then he is told of the sudden unexpected death of his father; and soon after the funeral, he is given notice of a seasonal layoff by P. G. and E. His wife Abbey tells him he should take some time off, but Filer would sooner work through the loss of his father. Ozzie Harper, a long time friend, gives Filer the chance to return to the excitement of transmission work doing electrical construction and wire work on steel towers, in Deer Lodge, Montana. It isn't long after arriving in Deer Lodge that Filer is once again caught up in adventures with bikers, kidnappers, movie stars and strippers; and all of this after his dangerous day job as a journeyman lineman.