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There were no official – yet ‘unofficial’ – U.S. spies prior to the Civil War. But the creation of the U.S. Secret Service… changed all of that.
After the Civil War, the country was growing quickly. By 1868, the nation had left infancy and was now toddling, fast and furiously, toward Manifest Destiny. Except for the barrier of the American Indian, the West was wide open for this wobbling stroll. Yet, just as a parent must guard against potential hazards for a toddler, this emerging nation had to shield against unseen dangers from rapid growth. Issues such as national sovereignty, boundaries, settlers, and indigenous populations had to be handled with kid gloves so as not to sully the hand of the nation. The country needed a special kind of man to deal with these hazards in a covert manner. This is a tale about such a man, the woman he saves and the youth he inspires.
Shamus Ghillie is a half-Choctaw – half-Irish elite ex-Confederate soldier who is, also, a man of the wild and untamed West. But, he’s equally a man of rare and unusual skills as a hunter of both animals and – men. It is Ghillie, with his unique talents that President Grant wants to secretly enlist to handle the trouble along the boundary of the newly formed nation of Canada, just north of the Montana Territory.
But, men like Ghillie don’t come easily, and, if they come at all, they don’t come cheap. Shamus distrusts government – any government – but the money’s good, and he has a kid sister to consider. And, truth be told, he would’ve taken on this task to acquire justice for the Blackfeet – free of charge – had they not offered the fee. So, he becomes the nation’s first official, yet unofficial, spy with the U.S. Secret Service.
And thus begins an adventurous story that takes in a part of the nation’s early expansion westward and the people – bluecoat, red and white alike – who made American history: