Rated:  PG
Summary:  Seventeen year old Joe has joined a group of men, including his father and older brothers who are tracking a dangerous wild cougar that has been threatening and killing live stock over the past several weeks.

Joe becomes separated from the rest of the group, and doesn’t realise the cat is the same one from all those years ago until he comes face to face with it on his own.  He doesn’t know if the animal will remember their brief encounter when he was a young boy.

Whilst trying to make his way home, Joe comes across the secret hiding place of a local resident long since thought dead.  The man has a hidden past and steals the boy away further from his home, not wanting his whereabouts to be found out.

Joe’s family and friends search desperately for the young man, whilst the strange old man keeps him tied up and hidden away, preventing his family from finding him.

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Completed: NO – A future story to come

Other Information:   Follows on my my story “Dead Man’s Canyon” where Joe Cartwright had an encounter 12 years earlier with a cougar cub which he named Half-tail.