Kent Rasmussen, an officer of the North West Mounted Police, is leaving the force to return home to his mother and sister in Minnesota. While withdrawing his final pay from a bank in Windsor, he encounters Nellie Newburn, who is trying to withdraw the outrageous sum of $347,000. She approaches him and offers to pay him a large sum of money if he will escort her and the money safely home to her family: a lucrative offer he cannot refuse.
As they begin their travels, he learns about the cold cache – a vast sum of money and gold buried somewhere in New Mexico Territory by a group known as the Knights of the Golden Circle, who want the money to fund the creation of a new nation. Knowledge that Jesse James and other outlaws added to treasure with their ill-gotten gains piques Rasmussen’s interest even further. A short while into their journey, much to Rasmussen’s embarrassment, Nellie’s $347,000 is stolen. Rasmussen is soon caught up in the midst of a violent feud between the Claytons and the Newburns for possession of the cache.
This is an excellent novel that abounds with action and suspense.