Mighty Blue California Cowboys
Sonny is raised in a white trash family on the wrong side of town. His buddy, Aubrey, has an even worse reputation for hell raising. Both of their lives would have ended badly had they not been invited to work on the biggest ranch in the county. The prize, marriage to the sickly ranch owner’s daughter, Missy. The prize turns into a competition where friends become enemies.
During a drunken beige, Beau, the man Sonny calls his father, murders Sonny’s mother and is sent away. It is a tragedy that marks the biggest change in the young cowboy’s life. When Beau is released, revenge becomes all consuming for Sonny. He convinces Aubrey to help him. The two connive to do the old drunk in, but the old sot outfoxes the young cowboys, forcing Sonny to provide him a job on the Forest Ranch. The old man suffers a dehumanizing accident, and witnessing the suffering, Sonny has a change of heart concluding fate has punished Beau and set him free.
Freedom from his obsession for revenge allows him to put all his energy into winning the hand of the boss’ daughter, Missy. This becomes a fierce competition with Aubrey. After all, a cowboy dreams of owning the land on which he works. That dream can only come true if he marries into the family. The competition between the two cowboys for Missy’s frail hand is filled with amusing shenanigans as well as tragic consequences.
The novel is filled with rich characters scratching out a living on the vast empty ranch land of Central California. Where there is little to go around, cowboys turn to thieving, drinking, womanizing and rabble rousing. But there are consequences to such a hard life, death, accidents and heartache. Silver linings do exist once in a blue moon. Which of the two handsome cowboys have a silver lining in their future? It belongs to only one of them.