Steven F. Havill is the author of more than twenty novels set in the American West. He taught in secondary schools for twenty-five years and since then earned an associate of applied science degree in gunsmithing. He lives with his wife, Kathleen, in New Mexico.
Wesley Crocker is accused of the murder of young Maria Ibarra, who was found near the "camping place" of the drifter. Crocker's account of the previous night leads Undersheriff Bill Gastner to more troubling questions.