Virgil Cole and Everett Hatch search for a young woman who has captured Virgil's heart. They are searching in the towns along the Rio Grande. When they find the girl, she has sunk to being a whore in a run down bar.
The men rescue the girl and travel to Brimstone, Texas. This is a town that is growing due to the railroad and the cattle business.
Based on their reputation as lawmen in other towns, the sheriff gives them a job as deputies.
They encounter a former bandit who has opened a high scale bar and a preacher who preaches militant Christianity.
I enjoyed the story and observing the ongoing clash between the bar owner and preacher.
Parker does a good job in describing his characters and the Texas setting.