Nolan Crosson knows all too well that trouble lies ahead—the kind of trouble that can land a man six feet under. The murderous gangs he is trailing for the army is stealing women. So far, all the bodies they’ve buried along this bloody path have been men and children.
A hound dog is exactly what Nolan has been called by many, sought out by the army for his reputation of always treeing his man. Except Nolan didn’t count on finding a witness of Nolan’s past. A distraction that might get them all killed.
After witnessing his father’s hanging, JESSE ADAMS inherits a whole lot of trouble. Never has he dreamed of owning a cattle spread. Four hundred prime acres and just as many fat, stolen cows to go with it.
From the age of sprout, Jesse has worked to throw Pa’s reputation off his back. At seventeen, he is no longer a boy. His fists are strong, and there isn’t a thing he can’t hit when he aims his Winchester.
The outlaw Jesse is hunting will not go down without a fight—a fight that will surely leave one of them dead. Jesse’s one ally is the famous lawman, Nolan Crosson. Only, Nolan’s son, an ornery little cuss of a boy, sure does know how to rub Jesse the wrong way.
After Nathanial Younger’s no-good whore mother died, his outlaw father forced him into a life of crime at a tender age. Details of that time are sketchy to Nate. Maybe he has just blocked out those bad memories. People from his past have never mixed well with the life he gained after being adopted by the famed lawman Nolan Crosson.
Now a strange couple from the East Coast have interfered in his life not once, but twice. Do they really believe he is their nephew? This has to be a mistake.
Nate is frightened, and the timing cannot be worse—Ma sick with child, Pa and his deputy on the trails too many hours each day, hunting a ring of human traffickers, and several war parties of Cheyenne and Sioux spotted near Gray Rock. If the outsider judge rules against Nate and his family, he’ll make a run for it. He started his life over once before. He can do it again.