The Writings of Diana Kathryn Plopa
Mark Slaughter was born into a moment of pure happiness that evaporated with his first cries. Childhood was stolen from him by the specter of his mother’s death, which forces him to spend his young life searching for an escape from his Marshall father’s resentment and blame.
A lonesome boy with exceptional abilities for hunting, fishing, and horses, he is seduced by a posting from the Pony Express, which demands he must be “willing to risk death daily”. At the age of fifteen, after fleeing his father’s drunken rage in the middle of the night, Mark trades a familiar menace for an unknown threat, and joins the Riders. There, he discovers secrets of his past and a gateway to his future.