Time: 1889. Place: Wyoming Territory. Homesteading along the Sweetwater River could prove unhealthy or even fatal as Ella Watson and Jim Averell would attest-were they alive to attest. Wealthy ranchers did not take kindly to anyone appropriating parcels of their prime grazing land, legality be damned. They elected to make examples of Ella and Jim. Then, deciding among themselves that the two were cattle thieves, kidnapped and hung them in broad daylight. Reputable ranchers, after all, had every right to protect what was theirs. Three witnesses to the abduction quite suddenly disappeared from the landscape. Frank Buchanan, enamored with Ella, single-handedly tries to save her, only to fail and become the only eyewitness to the hanging. Witnesses were having a run of poor health, and the ranchers were determined that Frank Buchanan would not escape this epidemic. Frank had other ideas.