Cowboy Monday Malone and schoolteacher Kate Shaw, introduced in Robert Kresge's first vel Murder for Greenhorns, return to face more intrigue in Painted Women. The last of Monday's foster family, his brother Tom, has been framed for murder in Laramie. Kate longs for home back East and considers leaving Wyoming. As a budding artist, she takes a chance to experience the glories of the West by joining the Hayden expedition to Yellowstone. Separated by fate, Monday and Kate struggle to clear Tom and face threats to their own lives. Torn by conflicted feelings for each other, Monday and Kate are reunited in Laramie. Can they sift clues and eliminate suspects to unmask the real killer before Tom hangs?