Could the most feared gunman in the West Ben Thompson carved out a name for himself as a gambler and a shootist—from Dodge City to the Rio Grande. But settling down in Austin with a wife and young son didn't settle Ben's taste for the sporting life. He still found himself in the gambling dives—where the turn of a card too often led to a shootout. become a respectable lawman in the wildest city in Texas? Soon a circle of powerful businessmen decides that Thompson is the only man who can tame Austin's wild side. They ask him to rule the streets—and take no prisoners. They want him to take on the job of a marshal in a town in which every man packs a gun. Thompson's career as a lawman is about to take an explosive turn. He finds himself at a crossroads: Is his personal code of honor the price for a tin-star badge? It's a risk he's willing to take … even if there's no going back.