The legend of John Stranger, preacher and gunhawk, continues in this second book of the Journeys of the Stranger series. True to his writing style, Al Lacy moves the reader from one heart-pounding situation to the next, weaving the romantic tale of John Stranger and Breanna Baylor into a series of gunfights, fistfights, and hostage situations. Though this novel includes a few premature medical procedures (the Heimlich maneuver used in the post Civil War era?!?), the action-packed writing and achingly ill-fated romance keeps the reader hooked. A great read for those who choose to enjoy their westerns served "straight up", without the seemingly obligatory swear words and sex scenes.