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West central Nebraska, late 1880s: Harriet Munro, a fiery woman lawyer, takes the case of beautiful young Roxanne — a desperate fugitive fleeing a trumped-up murder conviction and a hangman's noose. Harriet calls upon Lone McGantry, former Indian scout and tracker, to deliver Roxanne to Rainrock, a town in the northwest corner of Nebraska near the fabled Toadstool Badlands, where she will face re-trial. McGantry succeeds, however, town conspirators plot to divert justice yet again. Before it is over, trusts are betrayed, bullets fly, lives are lost, and McGantry rides again to Roxanne's rescue … until, within the stark, hauntingly empty badlands, scores are settled and a bloody reckoning is finally achieved. 208 pages
The Nebraska Sandhills of the 1880s are a vast, untamed expanse of treeless, rolling hills scoured by harsh wind and blistering sun. Into this rugged landscape former Indian scout Lone McGantry reluctantly agrees to lead an expedition of explorers and adventurers headed by an English lord. The hardships of the environ-ment soon become secondary, however, when other threats—both from within and without—overtake the expedition. Deceit, betrayal, stampeding buffalo, a raging grass fire, and a band of ruthless marauders all must be dealt with. The very survival of the expedition is at stake. Lives will be lost and the banks of the Dismal River will be scorched and stained by blood before the ordeal is finished.