Meet professional gunman Cass Silver. In Red Bone, Texas, Cass became the law because he could kill faster than anybody else. But he was more than just a killer. He was a man who questioned and dreamed, and then went out to make life what he wanted -- on his terms. His story, and the story of Thad Oglevie, the youngster Cass molded in his own image, is a full-bodied narrative of the American West in a time when the law could only be upheld by violent men . . . and violence meant sure death.