Everyone in Big Iron knew how vicious Gabe Hawks could get when he was drunk. But Gabe was the son of a powerful rancher, and when Marcy Clayborne accidentally killed him in self-defense, the powerful Fallen Skull Ranch and the town wanted to hang her with questions asked. When she ran away, three savage cutthroats were sent after her with orders to kill her. If they didn't find her, someone else was sure to-and Marcy's cool, unfriendly ways did t endear her to the town. Socrates Smith, part-time deputy sheriff of Big Iron, thought the girl was incent. But with thirty guns against him, would he get the chance to prove it?