Prologue

Shadow Mountain

The year is 1883. The town is Dry Creek, Arizona. Closest town to Shadow Mountain. Population at the peak: approximately 713 people. Leading citizen: Cappy Munger. Cappy's store had the only piano for fifty miles.

Frances Humber taught herself to play the piano on Cappy's piano. Dirk Valentine fell in love with her right then and there.

Soon, Frances and Dirk fell in love. There were two problems with that. One: Dirk was an outlaw. Two: Frances lived at Shadow Ranch with her father, Meryl Humber.

The problem with Frances, and her father against this relationship, was that Meryl Humber was the sheriff, and wanted Valentine caught for his daughter's sake.