While writing about the people in a small Midwestern town, an author vanishes mysteriously. One hour action adventure drama starring James Wainwright as Police Lt. Frank Dain of the State Missing Persons Bureau in "Hard Time." Pernell Roberts guest stars with Catherine Burns and Jim Davis. The mysterious disappearance of a young writer takes Police Lt. Frank Dain on a dangerous mission to a small mid-western town. In the premiere episode, "Hard Time," special investigator Frank Dain searches for an itinerant author, Andy Vincent, who has been reported missing by his publisher. Vincent's last set of notes were sent from the midwestern town of Valleyheart, where police claim they have no record of him. Dain learns that Vincent's roommate, Jimmy Blaydon is also missing — a fugitive from the law. Before Dain solves the mystery, one of the state's leading citizens becomes implicated, making the trail more difficult to follow.