Matthan Hannar wound his way upriver, avoiding settlers that wanted to hang him, and Indians seeking fresh scalps. When he spied Zelda Shaw struggling for her life with a Shawnee brave, he could stay hidden no longer. But saving her life meant two people had to be protected from the cold, starvation and those who would kill them both. And Matthan was taking Zelda home, downriver, where the hangman's noose was waiting. Winner of the Western Writers of America Medicine Pipe Award for best first novel and WWA Spur Award for the best original paperback novel.