"When young Sam McCreed is shanghied he awakens aboard a California bound hide, horn and tallow brig ... a ship he didn't want to join, on his way to a place he thought he'd never see ... driven on by a vicious captain and sadistic first mate. By the time they reach the Pacific, Sam is no longer a boy, but a man hardened by ice, sea, and lash. A California that seemed a peaceful land becomes a caldron boiling over with hate and resentment. And Sam McCreed, now an expert with blade, musket, and reata, is a man on the prowl for vengence ... and he'll send any man who stands in his way straight to hell. And the last thing he expected to find ... was a beautiful, firey eyed woman"--Cover.