For months Thad Palmer had been on Vince Long's trail - a trial littered with raped, beaten women and people killed in cold blood. Now Thad's hunt led him into the very valley where his own sweetheart awaited his return. He knew with certainty that she was the object of his quarry's intent and his heart was already racing at the prospect of being with Coralee. But as he emerged into sunlight again bent on reaching the budding settlement, he didn't even see the rifle barrel aimed at the centre of his forehead. Can Thad save himself and the life of the ones he holds dear?