When an ex-slave goes to fight the Apaches on behalf of the white man, the ironies alone are bound to make up half the story, but an old Western hand like Evans (This Chosen Place, 1997, etc.) can keep them in their proper place. His account of Moses Williams, a decorated veteran of the Civil War, and his adventures out West are based on actual events and narrated as history. Williams was a sergeant of the Ninth Cavalry, sent in 1879 to —pacify— the Apache territory of New Mexico. Married to a mulatto and in command of white troops, Williams was a man between two worlds even before his excursion into the Black Range, and his encounters with the Apache alienate still more. His real quest is Nana, the Chief whose lightning raids on frontier settlements have practically halted the pioneers— expansion into New Mexico and Arizona. Vicious, brilliant, and seemingly unstoppable, Nana and his warriors have overcome or eluded every force sent after them to date, and now Williams must find a way to defeat the Apache on his own territory—and make it home alive. As always with Evans, written with a good sense of the times and place.