|Pages/Publication Date:||400 / 2018|
In the spring of 1885, 17 year old Jessilyn Harney finds herself orphaned and alone on her family's homestead. Desperate to fend off starvation and predatory neighbors, she cuts off her hair, binds her chest, saddles her beloved mare, and sets off across the mountains to find her outlaw brother Noah and bring him home. A talented sharpshooter herself, Jess's quest lands her in the employ of the territory's violent, capricious Governor, whose militia is also hunting Noah—dead or alive.
"A smooth yet bracing Western yarn that both celebrates and subverts the romance of the Old West through more complex contemporary perspectives on gender and race.... Much of the appeal of the telling hangs upon the distinct voice of its narrator, and Jesse's narration combines folksy vernacular with an easy loping gait."—Seattle Times