Captain's Rangers: "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 bushwhackers 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 to be popular. In this boiler pot of killing and racial hatred, however, even his methods may not be enough to bring lasting peace." -- Page  cover.