The orphaned, bucktoothed, New York Irish boy speaks Spanish and wears a Mexican sombrero. He claims his name is William Bonney. His amigos call him "Kid." To newspapers in the New Mexico Territory and across America, he is "Billy the Kid." William was among the bravest of the McSween alliance in the Lincoln County War. He was lucky, too-lucky enough to shoot his way out when the rest of his faction was cornered and slaughtered in battle. He was later captured and condemned to hang, but he killed his guards and escaped. Now, William has one last chance. He heads into Old Mexico with his lover, the fierce Apache maiden Tzoeh. There he hopes to start a new life, live in peace and obscurity, and be forgotten. But powerful Anglo ranchers plot to use William's hot temper, unmatched courage, consummate loyalty to his amigos, and superb skill with a six-gun for their own ends. JOHN A. ARAGON was born in Espanola, New Mexico. A former Forest Service "Hotshot" firefighter and Hall of Fame rugby player, he attended St. John's College in Santa Fe and the University of New Mexico. Aragon is the father of two young adults and has been a practicing trial lawyer for thirty years. He works and writes in Santa Fe, New Mexico.