It’s 1830 and a beaver pelt is worth more than a man’s life!
The West has been transformed into a bloody battleground between the Rocky Mountain Fur Company and the American Fur Company, rival factions vying with black powder and cold steel for trapping rights and trade rights with the Native Americans.
The mighty rivers have become a highway for that unique breed, the Mountain Men, from the Rocky Mountains across the Great Plains, downriver to St. Louis, where they sell their precious pelts.
Fleeing the authorities after killing a man, restless greenhorn Ralph Lander departs St. Louis under cover of night, hoping to join the Bridger trapping expedition going upriver. Looking to redeem himself while pursuing excitement and his fortune, Lander soon discovers there is no flight from the long arm of justice, no sanctuary when surrounded by hostiles after his own hide!
With an introduction by Robert J. Randisi (Gunsmith, Mountain Jack Pike series).