After Nathanial Younger's no-good whore mother died, his outlaw father forced him into a life of crime at a tender age. Details of that time are sketchy to Nate. Maybe he has just blocked out those bad memories. People from his past have never mixed well with the life he gained after being adopted by the famed lawman Nolan Crosson.
Now a strange couple from the East Coast have interfered in his life not once, but twice. Nate ha to admit he does share facial similarities with the lady in the photograph that they shove at him. Do they really believe he is their nephew? This has to be a mistake. But Judge Prescott, who signed his adoption papers, sends an official summons to appear in court, so he must believe the Fletchers have a chance of winning and removing Nate from his loving home--Ma and Pa, his little sister, and Jesse.
Nate is frightened, and the timing cannot be worse--Ma sick with child, Pa and his deputy on the trails too many hours each day, hunting a ring of human traffickers, and several war parties of Cheyenne and Sioux spotted near Gray Rock. If the outsider judge rules against Nate and his family, he'll make a run for it. He started his life over once before. He can do it again.
Hell will freeze over before Nate goes to the big city with the Fletchers.