THE SUN WORSHIPPERS
Gamage is on his way to Thebes, the Southern California desert town that Colonel Martinka built-up with his date plantations. Now the eccentric Colonel is building a pyramid in the desert and the land boom is ready to begin. Gamage is an ex-newspaperman-turned-film-writer who’s burned a few bridges in Hollywood. He’s been hired to write Martinka’s story for the family and prepare the world for the coming land grab. How was he to know that Ginny would be there, married to the Colonel’s son Frank. He thought he’d seen the last of her in Europe, the night she ran out on him. How could he know he’d meet Conny, who would become his Girl Friday, and perhaps something more. And how could he know he would find respect for the old recluse himself, trapped behind the layers of family fear and fabrication. Thebes is waiting like a desert mirage and Gamage is on his way to find it—and himself.
Yellowleg rides into town with Turk and his sidekick Billy. He’s got a bullet in his shoulder that needs tending—he can barely shoot straight. But Yellowleg carries more than a bullet—he’s got the scars from a scalping he received from a drunken Confederate soldier, and nothing but hate in his heart. Turk and Billy are there to rob the local bank but another group beats them to it, and that’s when Yellowleg accidentally kills a young boy thanks to his bum shooting arm. Now, filled with guilt, Yellowleg is on a journey through Apache country with the beautiful widow, Kit, who is determined to bury her son next to his father. Turk and Billy have other plans. Turk wants the bank money. Billy wants the widow. And Yellowleg still wants his revenge. It’s going to be a long, hard ride.