Richard is worn out, used up, and just plain cynical. Son of a wealthy Bostonian banker, he came west to gamble and carouse when his life fell apart. Though a sensitive and moral man, he finds a reckless life easier to bear--since he has no one to care about and no real hopes for his future. Brave, beautiful U.S. Marshall Wayne Sneddon wants to change all that. He enlists Richard to help him find and take down a bigwig out to get water rights for himself, regardless of the settlers in the way. In part, Wayne needs help, but more, he wants Richard's company. In between the shooting, fighting and intrigue, Richard comes to share Wayne's feelings?but after he finds the courage to share Wayne's bed, will he find the courage to share his feelings? Sometimes just about anything is easier than Dealing Straight.