In the 1840's, Alta, California, is on the verge of revolution. The Mexicans are struggling to keep their gracious lifestyle intact. The Indians have sworn to defend their tribal heritage against all invaders. Both are doomed by the inevitable war with the colossus to the east: an America determined to expand to the shores of the Pacific.To this land of transition and turmoil comes John Clinton Ryan, an adventurer, a seaman by trade, stranded and alone. To survive in his thrilling and dangerous new home, Clint must learn the skills of the proud vaqueros. For only then will he have a chance against the cruel Mexican soldados, and a brutal American sea captain who has sworn to see him hang.
©1991 Larry Jay Martin; (P)2004 Book in Motion