Seven-Hawks-Dancing, a Cheyenne Warrior whose white name is Jed Church, is riding southbound in Wyoming Territory. His destination is a ranch, the Double-W, near the town of Medicine Bow. Waiting for him there is Molly Wells, owner of the ranch, and Jed's intended bride. He plans to marry her and spend the better part of a month with her before he reports to the territorial offices to be sworn in as Deputy U.S. Marshal.
Before he can reach Medicine Bow, the silence, as well as his plans, are shattered by the sound of gunfire. Jed reaches the site after the shooting has stopped, and he discovers all that's left is five Cavalry Troopers lying dead in a draw, and the bodies of seven apparent cowhands who seem to have been wiped out in an attack on the detachment.
Jed and his brother, Bear-That-Walks-The-Sky, War Chief of the Cheyenne Crazy Dog Society, will have to struggle with the mystery that will end up involving Molly and the Double-W, Bear and the Cheyenne, visitors from a foreign land, and a whole passel of interested parties before the mystery is solved.
And there will be a price for it all.