Several travelers risk death, and worse, to reach Lordsburg, Arizona. Among them - an English hunter, a whiskey drummer, a young woman known only as Henriette, an army officer's fiancée, a gambler, and Malpais Bill, who's on his way to a gunfight. The stage route crosses hostile Apache territory - and they will be spotted.
Ernest Haycox was one of the most successful of American western fiction writers. This is another story of the West as it always was - stark, savage, and brutal.
Lieutenant Parke Stobo was assigned to take 25 men, a guide, and three days' rations into the mesquites by way of Pete Kempel's ranch. Stobo was also instructed to give the greenhorn Lieutenant Wells a taste of the country. It should have been just a routine detail.