Alex Mentrier is 18 when he leaves the Concho. He knows only that he was born to a Mexican woman in Castroville who claimed that his father was French. He intends to find out.
His first attempt at adulthood placed him with thieves. He has not fully overcome the tendency. A man in the Castro Colony claims Alex is his son and suggests that they drive a herd of unbranded wild cattle to the Kansas market. They lack six essentials: cattle, horses, cowboys, equipment, experience and money.
The Snyder brother, Orville Nubin, Eagle Man and Rancher Jim Dublin want Alex dead. Deputy Slim Shandlin and Judge Isaac Abraham want him in jail.
Fellow orphan Lonzo Gillet and washed-out cowboy Clay Lombard trust him as does Lieutenant John P. Bullis and his Black Seminole scouts from Fort Clark.
Eva Frazier falls in love with Alex.
If two thousand longhorns ever reach Dodge City they will appear as a phantom herd through the encouragement of friends Bob Guthrie and Matt Altmann and the prayers of Margaretha Mentrier.
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About the Author
Denzel Holmes is the author of seven Western novels, set in Texas and true to the times and places. He grew up in the ranch country of Pecos County, Married his sweetheart Margie when she was 16 and he was 20. Going on 57 years now. They live in Belton and sell their books there and at Canton, Kerrville, Waxahachie, Dripping Springs, Wichita Falls, Madisonville, San Angelo, Georgetown, Round Rock, Nacogdoches, Killeen, Temple, and many other local venues. He speaks to civic, social and library groups where asked.