People who read this book will possibly be those who are familiar with The Lonesome Dove saga, and want to know more about the beginnings of the characters. If this book does nothing else, it takes away any notions that being a Texas Ranger was romantic and glamourous. It holds nothing back in terms of descriptions of torture and capture that people who lived in those times must have lived in fear of every day. The cruelty suffered by the indians' victims is graphically portrayed, and leaves nothing to the imagination. It does however hint that there were elements of this behaviour on both side, but its still shocking. This isn't a book that has a happy ending, but takes you through the early chapter of Gus and Call's early rangering life. It is however essential reading for any fan of Gus and Call, the ultimate rangers, and shows how they became the characters portrayed in future books.