Thirteen-year old Lonnie Gentry lives with his mother in a small cabin in the Colorado mountains. On their ranch, they raise a small herd of cattle and horses. His mother’s boyfriend, Shannon Dupree, is a known outlaw. He and his gang just robbed a local bank and are hiding out at Lonnie’s mother’s cabin. One night, while Dupree and his gang are asleep, Lonnie’s mother takes the saddlebag full of stolen money and gives it to Lonnie to deliver it back to the bank, hoping this action will help the law dismiss the crime against her boyfriend. He is bushwhacked on the trail by three men and kills one of the men in self-defense. Once he reaches town, he discovers that the man he shot was a deputy of the sheriff, who was shot earlier in the day, and is arrested for the murder of both men, along with committing the robbery. The author has written over 70 westerns, so he is an expert in providing action-packed western stories that are fast paced and difficult to put down. He knows the western culture, placing the reader into the thick of the action. I recommend this novel to western enthusiasts.