With the nation caught up in civil war, Caleb is torn between his emotions to remain neutral and his heart that felt obligations toward the Texas Rangers and the State of Texas. Reluctantly Caleb joins the Confederacy and is given the rank of lieutenant, where he serves as an aid to Colonel John S. “RIP” Ford, 2nd Texas Cavalry Regiment, during the last battle of the civil war, the battle at Palmito Ranch, May 12, 1865. Caleb is given the Purple Heart after he is wounded in the hip by a mini ball. After the close of the war, Caleb is given his own Command of Texas Rangers at the rank of captain and also goes on to practice as an attorney as a sideline.
Dancing Crow and his Comanche went into Oklahoma, Indian Territory. Dancing Crow is suffering from the coughing sickness and is struggling to contain his warriors from going to war, seeking council from Ten Bears. While a young Quanah Parker is rapidly gaining favor and influence among the younger warriors within the Comanche Nation.
A new captain, Leander H. McNelly, of the Texas Rangers has been quickly gaining notoriety with his little McNellys. A change is in the air, and the Texas Rangers will soon become the most feared Law Men in American history.