Arizona Territory, General George Crook commanding, with Lee Kershaw as chief white scout helping lead the Apache scouts. Chasing the wild ones, Apache warriors know as 'netdahe'. They take no prisoners and fight to the death themselves. A deadly game of cat and mouse, and if they capture you, you will be tortured to death: man, woman, or child.
The action mainly takes place in an area known as the Solitario Desert country, a furnace hot, desolate, strip of land that only the Apache and few non-Apache can cross and survive. Eventually the land leads into Mexico and Sierra Madre area. The Apaches have escaped the reservation choosing to live in an extremely dense area of the Sierra Madre within the hidden area known as Pagotzinkay. The 'wild ones' are at home here within the pine forests and steep, deep barrancas, having narrow trails at times less than a couple of feet in width. Either human, horse, or mule, can at times tumble down into the high void falling to their death.
This is the area that the U.S. Cavalry, Apache scouts, and most of all Lee Kershaw must traverse while trying to capture and kill the fierce war chief of the Apaches, Yanozha, also called El Fiero. So far he and his small warrior band have raided, raped, and killed with impunity evading both the Mexican forces and the U.S. Army forces coming after him. Will Lee Kershaw be any more successful?
Anyone reading the "Manhunter" series of western novels by the late author, Gordon D. Sherriffs, will be familiar with the activities of Lee Kershaw, a legend in the southwest of that era. Lee is pretty much a lone wolf who has lived among and is blood brother to several Apaches. As it is said he "can out Apache an Apache". Although at times, they do get the better of him in this book. Especially when early on Yanohza shoots a poison-tipped arrow directly into Lee's back. Ouch!
Gordon D. Sherriffs was the author of over 70 westerns with the 'manhunter' series being one of the best known. Should you be looking for a good western read with much non-fiction tossed in, check out this series by Mr. Sherriffs. Will no doubt not be the last books by this author you will want to read.