Sundell Lacey is framed and facing hanging charges when he is forced to join the Dash Cogburn outlaw gang in order to survive a bad fall off a mountain trail that left him with amnesia. Rosey Denver was witness to the robbery in Brotherhood and was kidnapped by the gang and held hostage. Even though she was only fifteen, she found herself falling in love with her protector, the young cowboy, Sundell. Westley Payson was the scum of the gang. He was not happy when Sundell claimed responsibility for Rosey, pretending to have his way with her to keep her safe from the other gang members.
The Nevada Kid and his sidekick, Smokey Embers, decide to go on a hunting trip in the mountains. The plan was to surprise their good friend, Jim Cappieona, “Cappie,” who lives in a mountain home. When they reach Cappie’s home, he is not there. Their hunting trip turns into a search-and-rescue mission in the mountains above Yuma, Arizona. They are confronted by Mexican outlaws, two beautiful senoritas, and an Indian boy named Keytoe who is protecting the sacred ground of the thunder god for the elders of his tribe. What dangers do they encounter near the abandoned gold mines in the mountains and the old mining town of Harshaw? Pedro, the leader of the Mexican outlaws, has no sympathies for any man that he captures, especially if that man is messing with his girlfriend, Carmelita. Who is Rosita, the cute Mexican girl that bakes delicious hot apple pies? After all this adventure, do Nevada and Smokey ever get any hunting done on this trip? When they arrive back at the ranch with two turkeys in tow, another twist is thrown at them. Nevada’s attorney, Mr. Parks, has set up the custody battle for guardianship of Nevada’s son, Thomas Trainor, “TJ.” Why is John O’Connor fighting so hard to keep Nevada from securing custody of TJ when it is Nevada’s paternal right? You must read the story to find out.
Tom Lacey and Samuel Embers were outlaws who split from the Younger Brothers Gang. Their handles were the Nevada Kid and Smokey. After the robbery of the Kingston-Downey Express, they took honest jobs while seeking refuge at a prominent cattle ranch. Tom had been shot through the left thigh, and taking on honest jobs was the only way Smokey could get his partner back on his feet again without getting captured. When returning to the O’Connor ranch from a cattle drive up north, they had no idea their cover was revealed to the local sheriff. They were arrested, tried, and convicted to prison terms. Smokey was released after five years, but Tom Lacey (the Nevada Kid) had to stay an extra two for misbehavior. What got Nevada the two extra years was his stubbornness and his bad-boy attitude. It was his sour venom that got him in there in the first place—that along with his love, respect, and damned cursed weakness for beautiful women. In book 3 of the Southwest Series, the Nevada Kid and Smokey are released from prison. Nevada heads southwest and joins the Broken Arrow Ranch rodeo circuit to make some fast money, hoping to reach the goal he set for himself of buying a cattle ranch. What kind of trouble does he get into there with his new friend Recordina “Ricki,” the barrel racer? Who is cutting cinch straps, trying to cause a planned murder to look like an accident?
The Cattle Drive from Southwest Tom Lacey and Samuel Embers were outlaws who split from the Younger Brothers Gang. Their handles were the Nevada Kid and Smokey. After the robbery of the Kingston-Downey Express, they took honest jobs while seeking refuge at a prominent cattle ranch. Nevada had been shot through the left thigh, and taking on honest jobs was the only way Smokey could get his pard back on his feet again without getting captured. What they didn’t figure into the equation was the rancher’s beautiful, innocent young niece, Polly, falling in love with the Nevada Kid. She came from back East to live with her aunt and uncle and to teach at the local schoolhouse. Smokey had a very tough time keeping the beautiful girl from controlling his partner’s soul and destiny. Polly was the one witness to the robbery of the express who carried enough evidence against the two to get them imprisoned or, worse, hanged.