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It's the late summer of 1891. After fleeing Montana to escape a corrupt lover, Amanda Malcom finds herself lost and abandoned on the plains of Wyoming. She must deftly avoid those who pursue her, while attempting to return to civilization. That will mean forming strange partnerships to carry her through some very dark moments - especially when flood waters pull her deeper into the unknown. Victor Marius, a Boston scientist, amateur boxer and man with a damaged plan, tries to get his life back in order. He has a new shot at love, but when asked to trade away his integrity, he finds himself fighting a battle between his ideals and his desires.Meanwhile, ex-soldier Devlin Richards longs to return to his beloved South Carolina, but not without milking more money out of his corrupt New England ventures. He has found a partner and lover in the Mysterious Madam Irene, but trust among thieves can be a precarious concept.This fast-paced fifth book of The Puzzle Box Chronicles is set in the last decade of the 19th century. It's a story of danger, abandonment, survival and hope, at a time when new technologies and ideas are changing the very fabric of society.