by Robert J. Thomas (Author)
Jess finds himself on the way to Stratton, Texas, after helping Jane Lacey escape the death grip of Walt Mercer and all his money. The fact that he had to finally kill Walt Mercer to accomplish it, was not something he had wanted to do, but Walt Mercer had left him no other choice.
He finds plenty of trouble along the way, but he eventually arrives in Stratton and his plan is simple, get the best suite in the Stratton Hotel and rest up for a few days. That plan suddenly changes when a wagon train arrives in Stratton with their wagon master killed in a bloody Indian attack.
Jess reluctantly agrees to take on the job of wagon master for the caravan of wagons after Laura Woods convinces him that the only way they could make it to their destination is if he agrees to lead them.
Their trip to Benson, Arizona, is long and arduous. They are attacked by Indians, outlaws and thieves along the way. To make matters worse, Rod Mercer has placed a blood bounty on Jess's head for the killing of his brother Walt Mercer. The three Galt brother's have decided to collect on the bounty and they are hot on his trail.
He finds his task twice as hard, looking ahead for the wagon train, and constantly looking over his shoulder for the Galt brothers.