For twenty years, Texas rancher Jim Caywood has led foreman Austin Fandango on the cattle drive to the Missouri Markets. And for twenty years, they have traveled the “shadow road” on their return home. Austin has never asked why, but he believed it has something to do with the scar on Jim’s chest from a Comanche arrow . . .
This year the shadow road leads to Laconia, Arkansas. After a violent encounter with slave runners, Jim and Austin find themselves fugitives from Southern Law. Leading a frail group of captives to their freedom, the duo rides hard toward Indian Territory to lose their pursuers, who consider the slaves their property – and will kill before they surrender it . . .