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Matt describes life in Dodge City on a Summer day and night. A woman approachs Matt with her worry that she is the object of a death threat. Lucy is a former salloon girl who wants a chance to be somebody, and not opposed to use people to make her climb to the top. She’s a tender reed who may not be so innocent.
Mr Hunt is the man she used to work for, her current husband, and the rock who just may fall on the errant reed, to borrow the picturesque speech from the show. What can Matt do about it? Civic matters are private matters that aren’t under his control.
The Summer heat kicks up a notch, and so does the events that are set in motion.
At Lucy’s urging, her latest love interest is pushed into getting Hunt, before he gets them. Shots ring out. Matt and Chester ride in fast on horseback. Mr Hunt is gunned down, so Matt takes the news to the grieving widow, Lucy. Well, in theory, she’s the grieving widow. Matt isn’t fooled, and knows what happened. But are his hands tied when he has no proof for pinning the murder on her?
Matt still has to try. Time drags by as the blazing heat fills the Summer days. Will any breaks come for Matt?
Lucy’s hidden lover, Booth, is found out and Matt confronts him with gunplay. Will Matt have a case now? Will Booth live to hang on another day? Plot twists, and secrets emerge in this twisted tale of love and revenge. Murders to cover up murders, and in the end the bad guys all lose.