Ex-marshal, Jake Harwood, struggles with love and death after rescuing New Orleans beauty, Jessica Raymond, from an overturned stagecoach.
Jake Harwood, a western novel
Jake Harwood, a burned-out former marshal, whose wife left him, rides west on his way to California. In the New Mexico desert, he happens upon an overturned stagecoach after an Apache attack. He rescues seductive Jessica Raymond, the sole survivor, half-buried beneath the stage. She is from New Orleans where she escaped from Blackie Le Font, a shrewd gambler, who killed her father.
Jessica talks Jake into taking her to California. Along the way, Maco, a fierce Chiricahua Apache, named after Geronimo's grandfather, captures them. He has already stolen Susan Blackhawk, a beautiful half-Cheyenne, half-French maiden, from the Comanches. Apaches, Mexicans, and Comanches fight over the women and capture them for their own. Jake, Blackie, and Maco, in turn, try to free them, but are badly wounded.
Which man will recover to end up with Jessica or Susan Blackhawk? Will Jake ever make it to California?
A great read.