Four wayfarers on the Mittie Stephens flee their past. Bobby Randow, plagued by temporary amnesia, runs from a midnight gunfight.
Spunky Madame Apoline Ranier seeks a better life. Lovely widow Laura Kelley evades carpetbagger law after burning her plantation, while Buffalo Soldier Obadiah Denton’s a deserter. A different kind of group is also aboard: five renegades after the vessel’s $10,000 army payroll. But the joker in the deadly game is a sixth man—Bobby Randow, who trumps the renegade’s play in a six-gun showdown. The Mittie Stephens is torched in the fighting for a flaming finale, but to find out who survived, you’ll have to read this crackling historical novel of the Red River’s greatest steamboat tragedy.