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ONLY STUART BRANNON CAN FIGHT THE TYRANNICAL MAYOR OF AN ISOLATED WESTERN TOWN.

Stuart Brannon rides againthis time into the booming mining-supply town Paradise Meadow, and into conflict with Dixon Rutherford, its self-appointed mayor. Rutherford has tyrannized the entire townjailing Brannons friend Peter Mulroney for a murder he did not commit, running down and killing Mulroneys wife for standing up to him, and now trying to drive schoolteacher Rose Creek out of town.

Brannon engineers a daring jail break, and then he finds himself drawn into Rose Creeks struggle with Rutherfords men. By now some of the townspeople have had enough of Rutherfords bullying. They join forces with Brannon for a dramatic showdown at the Gold Palace.

But finding courage to stand up to a corrupt politician is only a first step. Now the town faces another kind of struggle-can a violent, lawless collection of citizens avoid mob rule and choose to govern themselves in an orderly way?

Stuart Brannon has a struggle of his own. Rose Creeks words have turned him inside out: Look, everyone has to find what works for them. You like giving God credit. Well thats fine, but as far as I can see, youve never needed Him for anything. Youre able to do whatever you want to do. You just play a little game and call if faith. For a man who always tried to match his words with his actions, this is too much. But deep down he has to ask himself: What if shes right?

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