John Crudder is an ordinary twenty-five year old law school graduate looking for work in the old west. What he finds instead is the love of eighteen year old Charlotte and the reality that he cannot have her without placing her in mortal danger. Raised to privilege, Crudder finds life as a cow hand and later as a marshal, satisfying. Rather than being about to live that simple life, he finds himself thrust into the role of Midnight Marauder. Unless he stands up for those who have no voice, more lives will be lost and an entire town will be wiped out.