In 1875, nearly forty years after the Mexican War, Mexicans
and Texans are still spilling blood over ownership of the
Nueces Strip--a hot, dry stretch of coastal prairie that
bushwackers and horse thieves have turned into a lawless hell.
Captain L.H. McNelly, a complex and determined Confederate
veteran, is brought into the Nueces Strip for one purpose:
to keep the peace. His measures are harsh and
controversial--but McNelly wasn't sent in to be popular. In
this boilerpot of killing and racial hatred, can any man
bring lasting peace?