Twenty-five year old James Cooper loses his heart to the two beautiful daughters of Anna Batlett when he rescues Jen from Indians and Leigh from Comancheros in the Big Bend Country in Southwestern Texas and Mexico. In 1875, Cooper takes time from his search for a traitorous wagon train guide, who led over one hundred settlers to their death years earlier, to bring the daughters back home.
Cooper was given the name Deathwind by enemies of a tribe of Shoshoni from whom he learned how to survive in the West. Riding an Appaloosa stallion called Wind Chaser by the Shoshoni, Cooper continues his search for the wagon train guide while earning a hard and rattler quick reputation with a Colt .44 in the years of wandering.
Cooper aids the Bartlett family by rescuing the two daughters from their kidnappers, and finds a family he did not know existed.