Before setting off in pursuit of the men who murdered his father, Will Sparrow learns how to handle a gun. Rufus Joad teaches him, but from then on, the old ranch hand can only stand by and watch. Many miles from his home, Will gets himself a job as a stable boy while he plans his reprisal on Oliver Patch and Tel Judkins. But then Laurel Wale happens along, and Will discovers his intentions aren't quite as clear-cut as he thought. To further complicate matters, Will's mother has settled down nearby with one of the territory's most important citizens. She wants nothing more than peace and to make amends for a previous family indiscretion, but nothing is going to deter Will from his fateful objective. With his loyal friend Rufus watching his back, Will prepares to confront the men he's travelled so far to kill.