Forty-two micro-stories set in Old New Mexico, each less than 500 words long, and many based on actual people or events. Includes: Rattled. On the Santa Fe Trail, two men dispute a rifle’s origins. Trapper in Love. A language barrier comes between a trapper and his woman. Edward and Augusta. The future warden of New Mexico’s first Territorial Prison takes a wife. Decision Point. Word of the Elizabethtown, New Mexico gold strike reaches Denver. Thicker n’ Snot. Miners from around the globe adjust to the Sangre de Cristo mountain climate. The Lost Soul. A young man defies his community’s expectations. Darker Than a Wolf’s Mouth. A settler fails to heed his wife’s warnings.