This is the critically acclaimed and emotionally charged story of JP McGrath, a young cowboy who at 16 finds himself working on the Tobin Ranch east of El Paso. JP has been forced to grow up fast, life has been hard, but his biggest test is yet to come. On a night out drinking with friends, a chain of events is set in motion as violent as it is unstoppable. Already, JP has been hailed as having entered the ranks of the most interesting, sympathetic and poignant characters to populate the lonesome, literary West.
Three men have been hired to track down a strange family heading north through New Mexico. This story takes us on their mysterious journey across America, from New Jersey to Montana, and to their final dramatic confrontation, where what they find is not at all what they expected.
Art is a down and out gambler who has been hired to kill a woman working in a bar outside San Diego. Unfortunately for both of them he can't help falling in love with her before he does it. What follows is a strange tale in which Art tries to get to the bottom of the murder he himself committed. He soon learns that he is the only person alive who cares about the woman. He also finds out that although he may be able to escape the law and punishment, he can never truly escape his own fate.