In the trendy college town of Asheville, hippies and hipsters try to coexist with a booming economy and a huge influx of tourism. But when a wealty young scion caroms into an embankment at 140 miles per hour, Mack Eagan, former junior high football coach now turned private detective, is called to investigate. While the police assume the boy was drunk or on drugs, Mack learns there's more at play—the legacy of a family tragedy, the fate of a dying child, and some dark and unpleasant truths about the people hiding behind the secrets. "To the Metal" is a story about love and loss, about growing up and growing old—and about those who don't get to do either because death comes before their time. It's a mystery, a revenge story, and a tale of secret lives.