Ex-marshal, Cliff Baron, 35 years old, six feet four inches, neatly trimmed wavy brown hair, turning gray at the temples. He has whiskey-colored eyes and a pencil thin mustache on his upper lip. He's a stout man weighing about 190 pounds. He dresses immaculately with a flower on his lapel at all times. He's always clean shaven, but today, he has a three day growth of beard. He's on his way to Shortland, Texas to pick up the man who cost him his job. His best friend since childhood, Montgomery Mayfield.