A rousing, descriptive adventure of history in action from start to finish, this story is a mix of elemental struggle, mystery and romance ranging over virgin country from what is now Central Texas to and throughout present day Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and the Sonoran desert of Old Mexico in the state of Coahuila - that whole area being known in those fearful days as "Apacheria". It covers the first and only trail-breaking cattle drive Northwestward from Texas, through what was then and now known as the awesome and fearful Ghost Canyon in Colorado, one of our most breathtakingly beautiful and still mysterious western regions even today. The story interweaves the hushed, secretive Indian legend of El Gato (fact or fiction? - cat, man or spirit??) which originated in that area and in those times, along with the idyllic romance between El Gato and the beautiful Yaqui Indian princess whose father had been a rich Castillian Spanish Mexican of their ruling elite. All is based on carefully researched history and word-of-mouth Indian lore as personally told the author by a full-blood, half Cherokee - half Apache Indian, many years ago.