As the book opens, however, Headston is now 50, and the agency is down to just him. In his past he had run-ins with not only the law, but with the New York State Agency who had licensed him. As a result he spent some time in jail, and had his license revoked. Now he has it back, and is trying to get started again.
His first case is a missing persons case, a wealthy woman whose husband just seems to have vanished from his Wall Street stockbroker job. Headston finds the man, who is now living under very odd circumstances, but the missing persons case quickly turns to murder. Aided by a tattooed young lady who decides she should work for him, Headston decides to work on the murder case, while attempting to avoid running afoul of the law and having his licensed revoked again—and possibly for good, this time.
Eight men ride into town with designs on the bank's money -- and when they ride out, a dozen innocent people are dead and Dan Shaye is down with a gunshot wound. Now it's up to his boys to settle one more score, riding hell for leather toward a final reckoning ... and a mystery.
And if Death comes again for the sons of Daniel Shaye, so be it, because any man who won't lay down his life for what is right is no man at all.
In Denver, Butler finds Holliday in the clutches of corrupt lawmen. Doc's wanted for murder back in Tombstone, and he'd rather go out in a blazing gunfight than face an Arizona hanging judge. All Butler has to do is keep Doc breathing until Earp and Masterson arrive to spring him—and that won't be easy. The Gambler's been dealt into a dangerous game with too many killers anteing up. And this time Ty Butler just might be drawing dead.
Working his way to Dodge City, Butler finds the town in an uproar. A new law's in charge here where Bat Masterson carved his legend—old, powerful, and dangerous grudges are about to explode—and Ty Butler's caught right in the middle. When the gunsmoke clears, he'll have friends and enemies in all the wrong places. And to make it out of Dodge alive, he'll need all the aces he can get his hands on.