Bertram Stone, a retired Texas Ranger who takes over the job of sheriff in Hamilton County to ease into the last dying aspects of the American west he loved so dearly just wants to retire quietly and live out his last remaining days stress free. Motor vehicles have almost completely taken the place of horses, and laws passed by legislatures have changed the way Stone dealt out justice when he was with the Texas Rangers have begun to erode his beloved way of life. He didn’t count on Eli Snow. A recluse who lives out of town in a ramshackle cabin located in a small community known as Deer Hollow, Texas. Eli Snow has kept a secret terror hidden for years, and when that terror escapes, the lives of the inhabitants of Hamilton County will never be the same. The once peaceful world of Sheriff Stone turns upside down and his plans for a slow roll into retirement come crumbling down and it all started with a decapitated head found in a well.