Wolf Riker runs his domain with an iron will and smoking guns. And now Christopher Guthrie has signed on to join Riker on his most daring and dangerous journey yet, driving a herd of seven thousand cattle from Texas to Kansas, through land filled with Kiowa, Comanche, raging floods and border raiders. The Range Wolf is ready to face any obstacle in his way. But for Guthrie and the rest of the men, it's a ride into hell, one many of them won't survive.
After the Civil War, Johnny heads home to Texas to find the mother and sister of a close friend who died beside him in battle. What Johnny doesn't know is that a merciless saloon owner has staked his claim on the sister, and the brute doesn't plan to let her go.
When their wagon breaks down in the desert, Reverend Jon Keyes and his ailing wife, Lorna, find themselves at the mercy of blistering heat, punishing thirst, and circling buzzards. On the brink of death, they are rescued by Caleb Hobbs and his beguiling daughter, Deliverance, who take them to their home in San Melas. It's a strange little town, built to resemble the New England village they left behind.