. The third novel of the Kansas lawmen deals with the death of a female Pinkerton by train robbers. The pursuit by Sheriff Luke Atwell and Deputy Jesse Markam, is both a quest for justice and for retribution. While tracking down the divided outlaw gang, the lawmen also deal with attacks on a remote trading post, a hired killer, a thwarted stagecoach theft and a bank-robbing theater group. Relationships are a part of the story as each of the main characters experiences change—both pleasurable and heart breaking. In the final chase, one of the lawmen suffers a life-threatening injury and the race to save his life involves all the main characters.