Kate Thompson seeks revenge at any cost after her father is killed by a gang of robbers who believe he had information about a mythical gold mine.
Disguised as a boy, Kate quickly tracks a wounded gang member into town, where she interrogates him, confirms he is part of the notoriously vicious Rose Riders gang who now have her father’s gold mine maps, and summarily executes him. She then heads toward the nearby town of Wickenburg looking for Abe, the man her father always told her to find if he died. Though Abe turns out to have died years earlier, his sons were told to adopt any Thompson that ever arrives looking for him. Jesse and Will ask the still-disguised Kate to stay on their ranch, but she’s too focused on tracking the Rose Riders to take them up on their offer. Because they’re struggling financially, the brothers agree to accompany her in exchange for any gold that they discover. The journey immediately seems doomed due to Kate’s blinding rage, which luckily is no obstacle to love, as a predictable romance develops between Kate and Jesse, once he discovers she’s a girl. And the predictability continues as clichéd Wild West characters pop in and out of the story so frequently that even their deaths leave little emotional impact.
The novel starts with a bang in an interesting setting, but it quickly fizzles into melodrama. (Historical romance. 12-18)