The Checker Board, Book Two: Life's Endgame
By 1883, Dave Smith has matured into the cowboy life without fear of retribution from his father’s criminal schemes, but the long reach of Jason de Forest sends bounty hunter outlaws after Dave resulting in a shootout that kills four men. The last great overland cattle-drive of the Checker Board on the old Chisholm Trail into Kansas is confounded by misfortunes. Subsequent confrontations lead deeper into disaster, all maneuvered by an unseen vicious hand at land grabbing that results in a deadly attack. The combined forces of Checker Board hands, Mexicans, and Comanche Indians assault the Checker Board ranch to seize control from brutal squatters. The ensuing massacre brings reprisals against them and brands them renegades. Sam Eagle Feather attempts to bring about a cease-fire between the law and the renegades succeeding only in a lone rescue in order to fight another day.