For Justin Moffitt this job would be a lifesaver -- if it didn't kill him first. He was sworn in as the newest deputy to Hanging Judge Parker, who lost almost one law officer for every criminal he hanged. To make matters worse, Justin was assigned to Marshall Sam Dark, who had brought in Barney Tankard and saw him swing on the end of the Judge's justice rope for killing a friend in a drunken brawl. Not a major murderer, to be sure, and it should have ended with his hanging. But Marshal Dark, and now his green deputy, had to deal with a force they never reckoned for -- the whole vengeance-seeking family of Barney Tankard.