CLAY REYNOLDS. Franklin’s Crossing

CLAY REYNOLDS.  Franklin’s Crossing. Baen Books. ebook, $6.99, amazon.com

A wagon train secretly transporting contraband across the Indian-dominated southern plains runs afoul of a band of marauding Comanches and is besieged. The train’s scout, a manumitted slave, comes into conflict with the bigoted and criminal wagon master as the conflict develops. A young woman on the train proves inspirational to the scout as they are assisted by an old plainsman who comes to their rescue and galvanizes their resolve to fight and preserve their individual dreams.