All is not well in the American West. After killing the half-elf that murdered his brother, the dwarf Boron Grimes finds himself an unwilling deputy in the Nevada town of Selwood. The warlock sheriff, James Doliber, has bigger issues to worry about than his surly new employee, as a mysterious warlock in black has stolen an item of immense power. Doliber seeks answers from the warlock guild, but receives only vague half truths, confirming his fears that something dangerous is amiss, and that could have cataclysmic repercussions for the entire planet. Deputy Grimes has his own troubles, as the widow of a bandit he's recently gunned down comes calling. Joella is a proud and strong elven woman, but it's not clear what she has in store for the deputy. What is clear is that he'll be coming along, whether he wants to or not. With their only assistance coming from mysterious new allies, Doliber and Grimes must face down enemies both physical and mystical. Usually, the deputy's Remington revolver and the sheriff's warlock abilities are enough to win any fight, but this time the outcome is uncertain. Defeat means death and destruction, but against a foe that possesses unparalleled abilities, can there be any victory?--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.