Can a young cowboy be too young to be a horse thief? Zack Wood, Harrison, and Marshall Pascoe were cousins and got into all kinds of trouble. All of it wasn't their fault, but enough was. May 23rd, 1889, being a late spring day and very hot, they sneaked off and went down to the river to go swimming. They had been told dozens of times not to go off anywhere without telling a grownup. The two younger boys were kidnapped, leaving 12-year-old Marshall to steal a horse and go after them.
US Marshal M D (Shorty) Thompson received a letter asking if he could come up to Leadville, Colorado. Outlaws had overrun the town and were stealing silver and gold ore from mines and any shipment. Leadville was their town and they meant to keep it, even if it meant a crooked sheriff legally hanging a US Marshal.
Doug Brown was 17 years old when cattle rustlers burned his small Wyoming farm, killing his father and stealing every head of cattle he and his father had gathered in five days. Now he's heading out to hunt down these cold-blooded killers.
Saddle up and ride the same wild lonesome trails that US Marshal Shorty Thompson rode from the 1870s through the 1890s. Short of stature but with a heart as big as the Southwestern sky, Marshal Thompson traveled throughout the territories of 19th century New Mexico and Arizona during the height of American expansion westward.
A young mother suffers and dies three years after giving birth to her third child. She left behind a nine-year-old son, Jimmy, her six-year-old daughter, Sara, and three-year-old, Tommy. Sam, husband and father, blamed the death of his beautiful wife on birthing the last child. Sam turned to drinking and gambling, leaving his three small children alone on their river bottomland.