This thrilling adventure novel tells the story of a famous massacre on a Ute reservation in Colorado in 1879, three years after the Custer disaster at Little Big Horn.
Sam Cassidy comes home to find himself in a series of tense confrontations. His father expects Sam to work for him at the local bank, and Sheriff Ben Faraday, for whom Sam worked the previous summer as deputy, is suffering from a terminal disease and wants Sam to become a deputy again. "Black Mike" Nickels wants to expand his use of public land and bring in more sheep, backed by guns.
Neal Clark ramrod of the Circle C Ranch was in Cascade City to see the gunsmith when the Shelly gang attempted to hold up the bank. Neal rushed out of the shop and fired killing Buck Shelly and his son Luke. Buck's teenage son Ed was holding the horses. He escaped but was believed to be mortally wounded. At least that's what Neal thought - until he received a letter from Ed declaring that he’d be back to settle the score.
The summer warpath began in late spring 1876 and was laid out under the command of General George Crook, perhaps the most experienced Indian fighter in the US Army at that time. Among other officers under Crook's command was the daring and resourceful Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer and the 7th Cavalry. The purpose of the campaign was to round up the wild tribes of the Cheyennes and Sioux and place them on reservations.
Dave Harmon, former lawman, drifted into Miles City. After a casual conversation with well-known rancher, Jeffrey Munro, Munro is attacked by three toughs. When Dave tries to intervene, a fourth man clubs him with a pistol and is about to shoot him when Pete Green, a gambler, kills the attacker. Green wants no thanks from Dave, but he does tell him that now he owes the gambler a life. Munro persuades the town council to appoint Dave as principal marshal. Pete Green urges Dave to take the job.
Nugget City is a town on the brink of a range war. Will the arrival of a mysterious stranger push it over the edge? Especially one who wears two guns...
Old Mike Varney is a callous, bad-tempered ranch owner of the Pitchfork Ranch, located near the Nevada Mesa during the second half of the 19th century. Bill Varney, his 23-year-old son, is often mistreated by his father; he is thinking about leaving the ranch and starting over somewhere else. His sister, Vida, and his girlfriend, Marian Tracy, try to keep him from leaving. Several of the local citizens and ranchers, tired of Mike Varney' s ruthless behavior and the fear of the old man's plans to buy up the local ranches, pay a gunslinger named Ace Kehoe to gun him down.
A Western trio of renegades, outlaws and the Alaskan gold rush days of the 1890s.
Central Oregon is the last frontier, with transportation still by stagecoach and freight wagon. Now there's a movement afoot for a people's railroad. For years, competing railroad barons James J. Hill and Edward H. Harriman have done nothing, but now they both set about building a line there. And for years their front men, Lee Dawes and Mike Quinn, have competed for rights-of-way - and for women. Attracted to Deborah Haig, Dawes is nettled to see her in an intimate meeting with Quinn. But there is something else....
“I’m a fighting man, Strang.… Bullets are my suit. All I see around here is land, too much land for one man. I aim to fix it so these settlers can get what’s coming to them." When Matt Strang, big, powerful, and courageous, bought up Sage Valley for a cattle grazing area, he didn’t care about a shirttail settler named Poe. Bitter, resentful, thirsting for revenge, and seething with hatred for any man who thought he was boss, Poe was treated with contempt by Strang - until a lifetime of venom burst into flame. Then the fight for Sage Valley was on!
Forced to find another job to help support her family, Laura leaves the Forest of Dean to take up the position as maid to a Jewish family in London. She quickly settles in to life with the Cohens, befriending the daughter Rachel and catching the eye of both unmarried sons, David and Adam. After a tragic incident, Laura returns home to the Forest of Dean, where she marries a promising young footballer. But after his untimely death, a surprise comes knocking - a surprise that signals a wonderful new life for her.
In the early 1890s, after the financial panic, Colorado is changing from mining to ranching. A local merchant, Eli, holds most of the money and the power in the county. Then a stranger arrives and starts to court the merchant's daughter - and the problems begin.
Life is difficult enough for Sam Holt with the neighbouring ranches warring over turf, authority and complicated love triangles, when the Paiutes decide to get involved, too....
Dave Lowery lived in Gunlock, a dying western trail town, now an outlaw's haven. Sheriff Arno Slade, the power in town in cahoots with the judge, is suspected of killing Lowery's father. Only through a settling of scores will the town be able to change and be reborn. Does Dave Lowery have the courage to act?
The volatile and dangerous Wild Bill Murphy has come to town with a group of settlers who have hired him to represent their interests. A hearing about land rights is to take place, and the adversaries are gathering at the courthouse.
The Civil War seems far away from Four Corners in the Oregon Territory. Then two local men take opposing sides. Their children, Jim and Mary, who love each other, are caught in the vicious conflict.
Finding out what really happened to Gunplay Maxwell is not easy. He was a bank and train robber known for the skill with which he pulled off every job. Yet, when one of those explosions in a baggage car left him hard of hearing and nearly blind in one eye, there seems to be no future for him. He was reduced to raiding back-yard chicken coops to stay alive. But his last ride would make him a rich man and alive to tell about it.
A young cowboy joins up with two other would-be bank robbers. The robbery succeeds but in getting away but only the cowboy comes away alive, much richer but not in any way he or anyone else had first expected.