When ex lawman Captain Joshua Beaufort, late of Hood's Texas Brigade, marches clear of the hell that was Gettysburg he has no intention whatsoever of any further engagement in the Civil War; he has, in his own words, killed enough Yankees.
But the war has not finished with the Confederate captain and, captured by Union troops, he is given a choice - help to end the war on their terms or spend the rest of it in a prisoner-of-war camp.
Colonel Horatio Vallance and the mysterious E.J. Allen persuade him it is in his best interests to cooperate with the North. So, in company with and under the watchful eye of young Corporal Benbow, Beaufort returns to his home state of Texas to old loves, old friends and old enemies.
His task, to bring back the head of Buford Post, a notorious warmonger and gunrunner who is in possession of 300 stolen Henry repeating rifles....