1934Emil Langerzweig's public censure of Nazi collaboration forced him to flee his homeland with a young son and a dream. In Austria, his aristocratic family raised Lipizzaner horses for the Spanish Court. In America, he'd change his name to Longbranch, modify the age-old tradition, raise Thoroughbreds.
Thad Longbranch, third-generation cowboy at the reins of the "Bar L," is living his grandfather's dream, confident his children will insure continuity of the dynasty. Buffered by fifteen-thousand acres in the foothills of the Rockies, his wife Sam seems content homeschooling, writing children's books. Satisfying, predictable, life is gooduntil the letters arrive.
Bearing the Colorado State Seal, the first missive poses a request that thrusts Sam into the political arena, fosters a relationship with a charming would-be Governor, jeopardizes a twenty-year marriage. Postmarked Mexico, the second letter reveals a longheld secret, a secret that threatens succession of the Longbranch family, and propels a crazed Mexican drug lord across the border to Colorado in search of an orphaned boy.
Sprinkled with humorempathetic characters and villains you'll love to hate, bring to life this fast-paced tale of passion, murder, remorse and acceptance of a child who may lay claim to a fortunethe last vagabond.