After an argument with his family, Buddy Baker heads to the desert for some time to think, but there he meets an usual creature: a wily coyote with the bizarre ability to survive brutally fatal attacks.
The story opens a year ago. A truck driver who has picked up a hitchhiker named Carrie speeds through Death Valley. She's a runaway going to Hollywood. He's a former drug addict, born again. While speeding along, they hit an anthropomorphic animal.
In the present, Buddy Baker, decides that his family should go vegetarian. He throws all the meat product from the family's refrigerator, much to his wife Ellen's chagrin. In the ensuing argument, Buddy storms off, flying to the desert to calm himself down and think.
Meanwhile, the trucker has tracked down the animal, which seems to have remarkable supernatural powers of regeneration. He's convinced that the beast is in fact the Devil.
And then, when all three meet in the blazing desert, all is revealed...