"When new schoolmistress Chastity James arrives in 1878 Dodge City, Kansas, the "queen of the cow towns," she finds a raucous, turbulent town full of cowboys and saloons. No prim spinster, Chastity's got new ideas. Some find her engaging, like Marshall Charlie Bassett, while others, like her straitlaced landlady, are dismayed. Undaunted, Chastity forges ahead until a violent confrontation with an unwanted suitor leaves her an accused criminal. Chastity flees with little more than a stolen horse and her wits. She rescues an injured outlaw, roguish Beauregard Durant, and they throw in together. They discover allies in Professor Julius DeMonte's Traveling Medicine Show but face implacable enemies like the Ridley gang on a perilous journey that will change their lives forever"--.