WC Hargis is currently living in Clealake California where he spends his days working in his garden and researching his next book. After a career as an iron worker in St Louis Missouri,He built a welding business and service company to support the drilling rigs in the steam fields at the geysers in Northern California
This was a time when the buffalo still roamed the prairie and huge cattle ranches were being put togather crowding the Indians back further from the frontier. The battle between the states was over and construction was underway. The country was on the doorstep of the machine age and an energy source was needed. The black gold seeping up out of the ground showed them the way
Two young men from different backgrounds come together in the mountians of Arkansas. One a runaway slave and the other escaping from an abusing stepfather. It was a time just before the Civil War when gold was discovered in California. The mighty Mississippi River was the highway and the colt 44 was the law. Their friendship grew and strengthened on the wagon train trip across the continent.