A tale of a treasure hunter in the desert southwest who befriends a woman with a sixteen year old daughter whose car breaks down and is stranded. In his quest for gold, Frank Kelly discovers a cave containing human skulls which archaeologists explore and find ancient pictographs depicting fertility rites of a long-lost Indian tribe. But he is hounded by the sex hungry girl as the search for Peg-leg-Pete's black nuggets takes them through a flood, a run0in with Mexican smugglers and a suspicious mother. A Water war with Mexico, a kind hearted sheriff and a pet coyote combine with an old prospector and desert lore to add to the excitement of the girl raping Frank and getting pregnant, resulting in a statutory rape charge. But Frank finds more love than gold in the end, and as the characters fade into the sunset, the story ends on a happy te.
Ralph Harrington is a free-lance writer based in Grants Pass, Oregon. He has written two other books and writes for the love of writing. Now a widower in his 90s, he has become profoundly deaf, which he thinks is an advantage in writing. This is his first novel to be published.