When Sam meets beautiful Ellen Riggs, he thinks there might be a chance for a future with her. But Ellen disappears, and Sam returns to his aunt’s spread near Fort Worth, determined to stay on and help her. He puts away his fast gun for a more settled life, at last.
A chance meeting with the elusive Ellen Riggs makes Sam realize that she’s in trouble—a tight spot she can’t handle alone. When she goes missing, Sam knows her worst fears have been realized, and she’s in the hands of the cruel gambler she once married. Can Sam save her from the abusive John Riggs? Do Sam and Ellen have a chance at a future together? No matter what, it’s up to him to put on his gun once more and find her…
Ellen began to see, or perhaps pay attention, to some of the goings on in the gaming room. One night, John got into an argument with a disgruntled player who had lost a large bet. The man left in a huff.
The next day, authorities searched the riverboat for a missing passenger, to no avail. The assumption was that the man had fallen overboard and had been swept away in the river. Ellen wondered if John had something to do with the disappearance, but kept quiet.
One night, a week before they pulled into St. Louis, Ellen left the casino early, and was walking to her stateroom when she noticed two men struggling in a darkened side passageway. It was John Riggs and an unknown man. She stepped inside a doorway, out of sight, but she could still see what was going on.
Suddenly, a hand raised a knife, the blade glinting in the moonlight. Ellen chilled when she heard a grunt, then watched as John rifled the downed man’s pockets, then rolled his still-twitching body over the side. She was going to leave, but was so awestruck she continued to watch as John stepped through a stateroom doorway, then re-emerged with some toweling. He wiped the deck of the blood from the man, then threw the towels overboard.
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