The Kingdom was the name given an immense acreage in north central New York, back in the mid 19th century, land owned by the Lawton family, notorious outlaws and horse thieves. There were six brothers and from one raid, Ben, the youngest, did not return. His horse has been shot under him and he had met a red-haired school teacher, Ruth Sherman, and fallen in love with her. This is their story as well as that of how the rogues' kingdom operated, of how a Goshen bank holdup proved their undoing, of how a daughter tricked the sheriff and saved three of her brothers, and of how the Civil War gave the scattered Lawton tribe another kind of chance...A somewhat conventionally patterned historical adventure tale with a dual romance. This is John Brick's forte-- he knows both period and locale.