Kansas. 1863 The town of Lawrence is burning after one of the worst massacres of the Civil War. Charlie Weston rides away from the devastation. He played his part in the brutality and it will shape his life forever. Five years later, he robs a bank in Baxter Springs, Marshal Pete Baker’s territory. It was to be his last job before buying a farm and retiring. But Baker won’t let lawlessness a free rein in his town. He sets out to bring the bank robber to justice, starting a manhunt that will stretch all the way west along the emigrant trail. When Weston meets Rose, a woman who knows nothing about him, he begins to believe he can leave his past behind. But when he is threatened with the possibility of jail, or even worse, will he revert to his murderous ways to prolong his time with Rose? Or is there another way?