LITTLE STONE MOUNTAIN
Betrayed in love twenty-seven years earlier Hailey (Hail) Stone is satisfied to indulge his hobbies, live the good life and enjoy the company of his current friend Mattie. At age forty-eight his life is set, his retirement vested, and his comfort complete. No other soul of the old Stone family still lives. When he goes, it’s the end of the line.
As Hail reminisces about a family story of pre-civil war gold coins hidden on the old ranch south of Uvalde, Texas, a job-related event brings him information that makes the old tale undeniable. Not one for chasing dreams he bites. He must have the help of four trusted friends: Mattie; his mother Betsy; and two high school buddies Tom Hayes an attorney in Laredo, and Mortimer Magillicuthy, a shiftless fun lover from Del Rio.
Hail would never have climbed that mean little mountain if he had known the forces against him: nature; the supernatural; evil people; and his health. Mystery and adventure drive him. Gunplay and deaths will slow him.
Renowned coin dealer Abe Cohen pressures him to gather in the coins. Job demands at the U.S. Border Patrol refuse him time. He has a terminal illness. Any wealth gained will be lost to the dying Stone clan.
Can Hail salvage a life of indulgence to make finding a fortune worthwhile?