In late summer of 1872, Rath Macon came home from his latest cattle drive to Abilene, Kansas. In the Kansas blue stem grass country Rath met a handsome young woman, Mary Ann Cates, widow of the slain outlaw, Ed Cates, who had been killed in an ambush of the James Gang. They stood up to prejudice and many who were still fighting the Civil War in order to begin a new life together.
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