In 1891, Salida, Colorado, is one of the most modern cities in the west. There is electricity, numerous multi-story buildings, a thriving economy, and the town is the center of the statewide railroad activity. Salida is the epitome of bootstrapping American success.But under the surface is a not-so-secret truth—the people are among the most brutal in the mining region.
The majority are rough-and-tumble railroad men who regularly settle differences with fists and knives and guns. And ropes.Oliver Briley is a newcomer, working in the rail yard. Not understanding the difference between Salida’s surface beauty and the underlying violence leads to him pay the ultimate price.
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