Brigham Young had been chosen as the new leader of the Mormon Church after the murder of Joseph Smith. One of Young's directives would be to lead his followers to a land where they could live without being persecuted for their beliefs. In 1847, Randy Maxwell and his wife Annabelle were part of the wagon train of pioneers. Choosing not to settle in the Salt Lake Basin with the others, Maxwell continued north to a place called Jackson Hole. He purchased several thousand acres of land that bordered a river where he established the Triple R Ranch. His parcel also abutted land owned by Frank Dalton who had ventured there a year earlier. At the time, the two men entered into a gentlemen's agreement regarding a 500-acre piece of pasture that contained a natural spring. But with no deed or witness to the gentlemen's handshake deal, when times get tough the open pastures would give way to gunpowder and barb wire fences and a bloody and contentious feud developed. More than 150 years later, it takes a chance purchase and a writer searching for her next best-selling novel to sort out the feud. A twisted trail of greed follows Jan and her new husband Dillon as they dig into the past to determine who rightfully owns the land
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About the Author
Elmer Herbert, better known as Al, was brought up in Laconia, New Hampshire. His favorite childhood game, cowboys and Indians, inspired a lifelong love of the Old West and its history. His favorite author is Ralph Cotton. He and his wife, Marion, live in Fort Wayne, Indiana.