Marc Haws is an Idaho rancher, with a unique background. As a young man, he earned a doctoral degree in modern language and literature from a major university, then earned his law degree from another major university. He had a courtroom career of more than forty years as a prosecutor at the state and federal levels, while he has also taught as an adjunct professor at various colleges. Family, horses, writing, and argument are his passions. He has also raised seven kids. These unusual credentials uniquely qualify him to write about the conflicts of a young man growing into manhood on a ranch, and the legal and moral conflicts of a rough posse of cowboys wanting to hang a man.