In Arizona Territory in 1861, Trace and James Colton were stagecoach drivers. Their route took them through dangerous territory populated by renegades, outlaws and warring Apaches. When returning home to Mesilla, the Chiricahua Apache, led by Cochise, captured them. His “henchman,” One Wing, took particular pleasure in inflicting pain on James Colton. Both brothers barely survived the torture, while those they loved in Mesilla feared they had died when they did not arrive on time. Cochise decided to use the Colton brothers as hostages in an attempt to obtain the release of his brother, who was imprisoned by the army.
This book is Volume 2 in the Colton Brothers saga. Volume 3 (Arizona War) was released last year prior to the release of this prequel. I can only assume there will be a Volume 1 released later, with events occurring prior to this novel. The book is a page-turner, written for those who enjoy a fine Western story with good guys, bad Indians, an egotistical Army officer, and a love interest that doesn’t get in the way of a fun read.