Rated:  PG
Summary:  Joe Cartwright has won the deed to a gold mine in his most recent poker outing.  His father and brothers are against any idea to work the mine on his own.

Determined to do just that, Joe leaves home and begins working the small mine.  During the next few weeks, he encounters and befriends an old time prospector as he deals with his loneliness and battles against wanting to returning home.

From a distance, Joe is unaware that he is being watched by Curt Rigley, a man who tried to kidnap Joe for ransom two years earlier.   With his family no where around this time, Curt is determined to make the stakes a little higher this time.

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Completed: NO – A future story to come

Other Information:  The return of my original character Curt Rigley from my story “Gypsy Curses”