When Favor goes to a fort for supplies, he finds only civilians left to hold off Comancheros in the area. The wife of the commandant sent out the last of the soldiers on her own hoping her husband would win a promotion and trip east.
A trip through a muddy river destroys the supplies. Favor decides to visit the sutler at a nearby fort for new ones. He takes Quince, Collins, and Hey Soos with him. On the way they are attacked by Comancheros who steal their pack horses. Arriving at the fort it appears to be deserted. Favor enters alone finding only a few civilians and two wounded troopers led by the commandant's wife, Nora. The people soon learn she manipulated half of the troops to join the rest of her husband's men in attacking the Comancheros. Her obsession with making her husband a hero to earn a promotion and transfer back east imperils the entire fort and the four drovers. Favor seizes command but finds Nora won't give up her mission no matter how many lives she endangers. She manipulates the sutler into helping her intercept Hey Soos sent to bring back the troops. Favor stops her but when they return to the fort it has been attacked with causalities. Hey Soos soon returns with the troops but her husband ...Written by