During the years of the Civil War, Colorado was embroiled in its own battle – the struggle between the increasing waves of white settlers and the tribes who lived in the region. Both sides were deeply divided within themselves – some worked tirelessly to find a way to co-exist peacefully; others wanted total war. At a moment when the peacemakers thought they had found a way forward, those who preferred the violent solution intervened.
These are the stories of fourteen people whose lives intersected over the most infamous event in Colorado history: the massacre of Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians at Sand Creek.
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Her first week on the job, and Marshal Beth Mayo is hit with a sex assault case. It’s a nasty shock for the bucolic mountain town of Sugarloaf and for Mayo, who is still recovering from her husband’s death. Her initial skepticism grows into disbelief over the victim’s zany story, and she dismisses the case as a false report. Unfortunately, the same woman is soon discovered in the ruins of a ghost town, most definitely murdered.
Mayo unravels the complex case through a parade of colorful suspects and misfit family members, all the while following a common thread from 150 years earlier — Colorado history’s most notorious event, the Sand Creek Massacre.