This yarn is set in the Dakota Territory’s Black Hills in the 1870s.
In a matter of a few hours, 18-year-old Birch Rose’s father is killed by Indians, his mother is killed by a Mexican renegade and his two little brothers are taken captive by Lakota warriors. Dazed by all this family trauma, Birch nevertheless takes a job as a deputy sheriff. He wants to look for his brothers, but he gets sidetracked by nonstop knife fights, shoot-outs, dance hall floozies, jealous deputies, hijacked gold shipments and a romance with a seamstress who owns a big ranch. The constantly changing point of view between many stereotypical characters makes this novel read like a jumbled B-Western script.