Like almost all the Hank the Cowdog books, this one begins with Hank saying, "It's me again, Hank the Cowdog."
The characters are: Hank the Cowdog, Drover, High Loper, Sally May, and dog named Ralph (although Hank keeps calling him Clyde).
There's been another murder, this time a chicken. Hank has no clues, and the mystery seems impossible. Then suddenly Beulah's pickup shows up and Hank bites at the tires. Beulah's owner kicks Hank over a ledge and encounters Ralph They have an argument on what his name is, then Hank goes back to the ranch. He then accidentally eats a chicken and Loper catches him. Loper locks him in a shed. And of course Hank escapes. Then he sees Drover, and remembers about the chicken murder. He then says everyone "Should let sleeping dogs lie." The story ends there.