High style, almost stately -- this novel of a ninety year old period in Colorado history which concentrates on the Georgian Conspiracy of 1858-1861 and the part that enigmatic Owen Pentecost played in it. Man of mystery, winning a bar and gambling hall from venomous Jumbo Means, loved by aristocratic Ann-Merry Alaine and loyal Boston Grant, Pente, cost takes his stand as a neutral on the abolition-seoesh question, does what he can to help the settlers --if on a hard business basis -- go back to looking for gold and get through the Black Winter. In spite of opposition from Means he keeps the settlement, which is to become Denver, going, and maintains his own law and, in adopting the son of a man he had killed, wins an adoring follower. When news comes of the outbreak of the Civil War, he joins with the Georgians, rides with them to insure their gold hoard being sped on its way to the Confederacy. On his return he is saved by a Union officer, and rides off into the unknown. A reconstruction of a little known incident, this offers interesting North and South atmosphere in a frontier town, and a hero of ill-starred, Luciferian proportions.