Deke Cutler served ten long, hard, years in the Texas Rangers and looked forward to his retirement. He aimed to join his old pard, Durango Spain, on the Red River ranch they had bought. But, recovering from a near-fatal shot in the back, Deke ran into a new kind of lawlessness along the Red and beyond, in the wild lands known as the Indian Territory. There were more than Indians to contend with: 'dead' men from Rio kept turning up and all of them had him in their sights. With his gunarm crippled, Deke knew he was in bigger trouble than any he had endured in the Rangers.