Simon James Sublette lost his entire family during the Civil War. He dreams of coming home and settling into a quiet, peaceful life on his family farmuntil those dreams are shattered by a stray bullet. Forever scarred, inside and out, he abandons all he knows and loves. He sets out on a lonely journey, wandering the West in a desperate quest for peace and order. But with each passing day, serenity still eludes him and his heart grows ever heavier. Torn by grief and fighting off hopelessness, he finds beauty in a more poetic way of life. He develops the unusual trait of speaking in rhyme, especially when provoked.
This trait earns him the name The Rhymer, and he becomes a fearless gunfighter who has no equal when it comes to killing. The Rhymer is a hero for women and children everywhereand a nightmare straight from hell for those evil men in need of killing.