This was a very enjoyable book. It was about an Indian orphan that went to live with a family and he started feeling very secure there and didn't know how to handle it, so he left and became a US Marshal and how he finally learned to trust everyone and became more secure of himself and came "home" to marry the daughter and gave up the US Marshal job after he was shot by an outlaw he was sent to catch.
Sheriff Jedediah Stark catches up with the mixed race youngster Hawk wanted for stealing a horse in nearby Cutter, but keeping the kid prisoner has been difficult. Hawk tells Jed that his grandfather raised him on his horse breeding farm until townsfolk killed him though they claim he died from the heat even with his face severely bruised and his wrists showing rope burns. The horse Wind Son he claims is his although the citizens hold a sale receipt signed by his grandfather who could not read or write.
This terrific western romance combines a fine outdoor adventure with a delightful family love story both inside a fabulous law enforcement investigative story line. Jed's inquiries are delightful to follow as he seeks clues that could result in his being murdered by those who prefer their violent economic gain remain hidden. His relationship with the two men in his life showcases an honorable sandwich person while his love for Sadie and hers for him grips the audience who hopes Wind Son kicks some senses into his head.
Putting his wild ways behind him, Jedediah Stark became a sheriff, ranging the frontier to uphold the law. It's a solitary life, but it suits hium well enough--Jed was orphaned as a child and he's made his peace with lonliness. Yet one woman has loved him as long as she can remember; beautiful Sadie Johanson. Jed grew up on the Johanson's farm and he has Sadie's parents to thank for setting him on the right path. But he's convinced he's not good enough for her.