Lark Van Schuyler is down on her luck; shes serving alcohol to men in a saloon in Buck Shot, Oklahoma. She watches as a drunken hard-luck cowboy, Laredo, is being cheated at a poker game by Snake and friends. In order to get him away from the cheaters, she dumps a beer in the drunks lap, essentially ending the game. By getting involved on Laredos behalf, Lark loses her job.
Lark ran away from home; she was tired to living in the shadow of her perfect, mirror twin. Getting involved in the cowboys problems has cost her a job she couldnt afford to lose.
The next day, Snake talks Laredo into helping him case the towns bank. Laredo convinces Lark to hold the horses reins while they stroll into the bank. Through a series of errors, Laredo and Snake run out of the bank, each with a bag of bank loot.
Separating quickly, the two robbers decide to meet at a distant location. When Laredo gets there, he finds Snakes girlfriend waiting. They discover that the bag was full of cut paper and Laredo leaves to return to Texas. Now, all three, Laredo, Lark and Snake, are wanted for bank robbery.
Dixie, Snakes girl, doesnt tell Snake that Laredos bag didnt have money in it; Snakes bag had cut paper and some coins. Snake vows vengeance against Laredo.
For the first 100 pages, I thought Gentry was writing a spoof on Texas and Texans. There are 3 things I tired of quickly: (1) using most of the cliches of and about Texas, (2) so many things being a Mexican standoff, and (3) allowing the story to sink to a tacky melodrama.
Most of the characters seemed made of cardboard and cliché. What a waste of paper; by the end of the story, it had been so dumbed-down; I felt that Id wasted my time.