New Orleans, Louisiana, and the Territories -- 1837: The Depression of 1837 has closed many banks: there's no 'specie' (real gold and silver) to back up their scrip. Folks lost everything they had. Some, both white men and 'free men of color', do whatever they can to support their families and themselves- even if that means signing on for a revenge mission, in a time perilous with murder. And the trail of revenge leads to the great rendezvous of Mountain Men, some eighty days out from Independence, MO. A rough, wild accretion of trappers, fur traders, Indians and others living beyond 'polite' society, and within their own: a culture accepting of blacks and whites together, but exploding with drunken brawls, firearms, and rough commerce.
There Abishag Shaw and Benjamin January find a murder victim. And the murderer hopes to find them.
I knew nothing about these Mountain Men confabs, and it opens up interesting questions. This looks informative- and exciting. If you give it a try, let me know what you think!