"After the end of the Civil War, former soldiers began to return to Texas to reunite with their families and salvage what they could of their homesteads. While her husband, Harry, was away, Elizabeth Hamilton did the best she could to hold the Lazy H together, with only her nine-year-old son, an elderly vaquero, and a sickly brother to help her. Elizabeth was fighting a losing battle against time and rustlers, and if Harry didn't come home soon, there would be nothing left. But she hadn't counted on another rider coming to the Lazy H, one who was used to fighting outrageous--and sometimes deadly--odds. One who was ready to risk everything he had to protect her."
A Civil War veteran tries to help a widow and her son by living up to a promise he made to the man who saved his life. He is also trying to live down his violent past but uncovers a plot to destroy them all. Events come together and force him to buckle up his guns again.