Val Darrant was just four years old the snowy night his mother abandoned him. But instead of meeting a lonely death, he met Will Reilly—a gentleman, a gambler, and a worldly, self-taught scholar. It was a cold, snowy night as
he was hustled away on a buckboard to be abandoned. But he did
not die; he met Will Reilly. A gentleman, a gambler, and the best
rifle shot in the West. Reilly was a man who knew the odds and
played them. But what were the odds on taking in a frightened
For ten years they each were all the family the other had, traveling from dusty American boomtowns to the cities of Europe—until the day Reilly’s luck ran out in a roar of gunfire.
But it wasn’t a gambling brawl or a pack of thieves that sealed Will’s fate. It was a far more complex story that Val would soon uncover, one that touched upon Val’s nearly forgotten childhood, the woman who was Will Reilly’s lost love, and the violent future of a growing country.