In The Adopted Son, Lazy Purdue refuses to work for longer than a fortnight at a time. His fortune changes when he returns to his home range and finds himself in the middle of a feud between the McLanes and the Conovers. In Billy Angel, Trouble Lover, Billy Angel is wounded and trying to elude a sheriff's posse. It is late when he seeks refuge in Sue Markham's railroad lunchroom. The last thing Sue wants or needs is a wounded outlaw, but Billy Angel doesn't intimidate her in the least. But how do you manage to hide a desperate man in a busy railroad lunchroom? Bad Man's Gulch is the powerful story of a reformed gunman, Pedro Emmanuel Melendez, who drifts into the lawless mining town of Slosson's Gulch. But can he drift on when he meets up with Louise Berenger and her father, who have discovered gold and fallen prey to the desperate and predatory miners of the gulch.