Mary and Peter Jackson were driving down highway 50 in the middle of Nevada when Collie Entragian, the Desperation police officer, pulled them over for having a missing rear license plate. He told Peter that he could take the front license plate off and put it on the back and they should be ok. Peter went to the trunk of the car to get a tool kit under the spare tire. When he lifted up the tire to get the tools, Entragian and Peter found a bag of marijuana. Entragian started to get violent and he beat up Peter. It wasn\'t too bad, though. He arrested Peter and Mary and took them to the jail in Desperation. When the got the municipal building, Entragian shot Peter and killed him. He put Mary in the holding cells.
Entragian\'s next victims were the Carver\'s. They lived in Ohio and were going on vacation to Lake Tahoe. They had gotten four flat tires on the RV that they were driving. Entragian saw that they were having trouble and he stopped to help them. He told them that there was a dangerous man on the loose and the reason that they had four flat tires because they ran over a spike strip that was supposed to stop the man. Collie took the Carvers, Ralph, Ellen, David, and Kirsten, to the municipal building. When they got there, Entragian pushed Kirsten down the stairs and killed her. He put the rest of them in the holding cells.
Johnny Marinville was a famous writer, also known as a literary lion. He was traveling across country on a motorcycle to see if it would give him an idea for a new book. He also needed something interesting to do. While driving down Highway 50, Johnny decided to stop and use the bathroom. He pulled over and walked down into the ditch a ways and started to go. Just as he was finishing, along came Entragian. He recognized Johnny and was ecstatic to see him because he loved his books. As they were talking, Entragian spotted something sticking out of Johnny\'s carrying bags on his bike. He went over there to see what it was. It turned out to be a bag of marijuana. It had the same smiley face sticker on it that the bag the Jackson\'s had. Entragian got violent and he started to beat up Johnny. He broke his nose and hurt him quite badly. Entragian then proceeded to bury Johnny\'s bike and helmet in the sand so there would be no evidence. While Entragian was off burying Johnny\'s bike, Johnny remembered he had his cell phone with him. He called one of his friends, Steve Ames, to see if he could get through to him so he could help him. He got through to him but nothing was clear. Entragian came back and took Johnny to the municipal building and put him in the holding cells.
In the meantime, Steve was driving along and he saw this girl on the side of the road so he stopped to see if she needed a ride. He picked her up. Her name was Cynthia Smith. As they were talking, Steve\'s cell phone rang. It was Johnny. All he could make out was…RV…Highway 50. He knew Johnny had to be in trouble. So they took off down Highway 50 to find him. The spotted the RV that Johnny was talking about so they knew he had to be close. The got out and walked around. Steve spotted something in the sand and he went over to check it out. It was the handlebar of Johnny\'s bike. He dug farther and he found his helmet. He knew something was definitely wrong. Steve and Cynthia headed to Desperation to get some help.
When Johnny got to jail, he discovered he wasn\'t the only one that Entragian had gotten. Mary Jackson was in a cell to his right. Ralph and Ellen Carver were in a cell to his left. David was in a cell across the room from him with Tom Billingsley. Tom was a resident of Desperation, and also a veterinarian. Entragian came in and put a coyote in the holding cell area to