Sheriff Ray Cairney is sure something untoward is going on in Bristow and that Curtis Waring — bank manager and town council leader — is behind it. The arrival of two gunslingers and the subsequent turn of events convince Cairney his hunch was right — but how to prove it? The men involved are rich and powerful and he is just one man. That, however, won't stop the sheriff. The murder of an entire family gives Cairney the evidence he will need to bring justice to Bristow, but it will be a long, hard journey.