When Matt Jorgensen learns that the man who helped him hone his deadly skills with a pistol is gunned down, he vows to bring the killer to justice. On the train to Abilene, Matt relives his early days in the Kansas territory when he found himself embroiled in the rising turmoil of a nation at odds over slavery. Free soilers and slavers fought against each other at the expense of the innocent farmers of the territory. Matt would have to learn to be fast, accurate, and lethal with a gun to survive. Together, Matt and gunslinging mentor, Rod best, were able to bring law and order to the Kansas territory. However, all of Matt's skill and daring wouldn't help him with the biggest challenge of his life: learning to live without the woman he loved. In this second book in Williamson's Brazos series, Matt Jorgensen arrives in Abilene as the man from the Brazos, whose destiny is a showdown with the ghosts of his past and the murderous outlaws of the present.