“I never killed anyone before, Mr. Charbonneau. Not sure I like it.” It was not what William MacLeod had envisioned while listening to the tales of General Zebulon Pike. All the young man saw were visions of that far off snow-capped mountain Pike spoke of, and the exotic beauties of Santa Fe.
Instead MacLeod found a land ruled by the Church and the often contrary military leaders. A land where the woman he falls in love with is torn from his arms and sold into slavery. A land where the wealthy owners of the vast ranchos obeyed no law but their own.
It is here MacLeod must make a choice, to return to the pastoral farm in New England, or remain in this feudal land and find a way to keep the promises he has made to his partner, and to the woman he loves, who is now lost somewhere out in the primitive land run by savages. But first he must find away to escape the iron prison shackles binding his wrists and ankles.
This is a story of love, lust, death and power in an historical adventure in Spanish New Mexico.