McCord is asked to be sheriff in a town where sheriffs don't usually live very long. Three have been shot in the last year.
McCord is arrested by uniformed troopers and put into a prison wagon with Randall Kirby. Randall is a former Confederate officer who is planning to establish a military empire with stolen Union gold.
McCord gets caught up in a land use battle revolving around the seemingly orphaned son of an old friend. When the boy's estranged uncle shows up to take the boy and the land rights he now owns, it's up to McCord to get the boy's Indian housekeeper, Neela, to speak up about her connection to the boy and his father.moreless