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  • The wagon train learns Buffalo Horn has returned with nearly a hundred braves and is on the warpath. On his way to Fort David to request a military escort for the wagon train, scout Duke Shannon discovers two dead cavalry troopers killed by Indians. As he investigates, he discovers a third man, a prisoner, Sergeant Johnny Masters. Sgt. Masters attempts to steal Shannon's horse. Shannon catches Masters, and with an Indian war party bearing down on them makes a run for Fort David. There Shannon discovers the fort is manned by a mere handful of cavalry misfits. The main body of the fort's contingent is out on patrol. With the fort commander laid up with a bullet wound, the most capable soldier in the fort is Sgt. Masters, who refuses to help with the defense and is locked up. As Shannon helps organize the defense of the fort against the coming attack by Buffalo Horn, he learns more about Sgt. Masters. A Cherokee Indian by birth, Sgt. Masters served in the Civil War where he was promoted to First Lieutenant by act of Congress, a commission he held for only a year. Caught between two worlds, the world of his birth and the world of the white man, Sgt. Masters was now serving a twenty year sentence for killing an army captain in a fight over the fort commander's daughter. Or so Shannon is told. As the fort's situation grows more desperate, circumstances force more of Sgt. Johnny Masters' secrets into the light.

    - Written by Christopher D.
  • On his way to Fort David, wagon scout Duke Shannon rescues Sgt. Johnny Masters, a man caught between two worlds. The world of his ancestors the Cherokee, and the world of his loyalty, the U.S. Army.

    - Written by Christopher D.

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