Stuart travels south of the border to buy cattle, but finds the cattle stolen and their owner murdered. This is not the work of ordinary thieves, but of a former Confederate officer determined to finance the "liberation" of Baja California for the glory of the Confederacy. This time, however, he's tangled with the wrong man, because Brannon is not about to let wrong go unpunished if he can help it.
In the process, Brannon comes to admire the newly-widowed Victoria Pacifica, and wonders if he's met the one woman who can help him finally love again.
Another keeper. Bly may be occasionally sparse on detail - although he gives you just enough to let you "see" where you are - but he's still long on action and character. Brannon is as straight and true as ever ... and there are no simpering heroines in a Bly book.