On a fly-fishing vacation in California’s High Sierra, San Francisco stockbroker Quill Gordon gets more than he bargained for. The McHenry cattle ranch, where he has rented a cabin, is at the center of a trial over a contested will, and he’s becoming increasingly attracted to rancher’s daughter Ellen McHenry.
Meanwhile, her brother, Dan, who is challenging their father’s will, has become deeply involved with a menacing and heavily armed “citizen militia” led by a disgraced radio talk-show host. When Dan McHenry is murdered in cold blood and broad daylight, Ellen becomes the prime suspect, the militia ramps up its suspicious activities, and Gordon finds himself drawn into the case — whether he wants to be or not.
Available in Santa Cruz County at Bookshop Santa Cruz, Crossroads Books.
Photography: Chip Scheuer, Editing: Rigo Torkos