Gene Hamilton walked the heated streets of Yuma, Arizona Territory and felt good about his prospects and the small ranch he had south of town. But, the heat was almost unbearable. First thing he did that day was try to stop a fight in front of the saloon. Big mistake. He turned and struck at someone he thought was interfering with his peacemaking. Sheriff Sweeney was not amused. The 3 months in Yuma Territorial Prison set Gene on the straight and narrow. But, it wasn't long before he found someone had taken his ranch away from him for failing to pay the taxes. He wondered who and that led him to a strange and tangled mess of unknown people doing very bad things to not just Gene, but to others.