The year is 1920. Cantankerous gold miner Jonus Jones puts a gun to his head and says, "Think I'll blow my brains out." Jonus' distress interests many town notables, including the proprietor of an unusual "coffee house," an ungracefully-aged prostitute, a crazy man who imagines himself the famed lawyer Clarence Darrow, a marshal well past his prime, a cultist full of grandiose visions, a domineering judge who smiles like Teddy Roosevelt, meddling spinster twins, and many others. A new Baptist minister and his young family, much to their dismay, are plunged into the events and eccentricities swirling around them. As for Jonus, his struggles multiply with all of the unwanted attention. Will he survive for twenty-four hours? Welcome to Glory, Colorado.
"In praise of the art of gentle prose and humor-Robert L. Franck has evoked the spirit of credulity amidst the deluge of over imaginative, over dramatized genre of fiction types today. Rarely has twenty-four hours of life amongst a small town's citizenry been so traced, paced and portrayed with sincere empathy."