Set during the early twentieth century, this story takes place in Panama during the building of the Panama canal. There is a mysterious cowboy who is send to inspect the building project. There is also a young girl whose mother disappeared and who is looking for answers. There is an entire host of characters whose paths cross as intrigue and mystery enfold. The book takes some literary liberties but does have historic credibility, including a note at the end of the story. While Brouwer is one of my favorite authors and I do like cowboy stories, this book was just a little too slow paced for me. It's not that I didn't like the book--I just found it hard to keep turning the pages compared to some of his other books.