US Deputy Marshal Don Lovell works the Indian Territory "on the scout" out of Fort Smith, Arkansas, in 1878. He is known for a strong handshake and a firm disposition, and for making good his word. Women generally find him ominous and aloof, yet a few know better. What makes the difference is impossible to predict and, for the most part, a woman who doesn't know his character is intimidated. He has that effect upon many people?men and women alike.