Pictures by Mark Mitchell
Occasionally, from out of nowhere, comes a story from a totally unknown writer that really touches the heart. This story is such a tale: a charming, somewhat old-fashioned, and totally authentic story of the Old West. It features Rusty Dalton, a down-on-his-luck prospector, who, along with his faithful mule Zeke, discovers a king’s ransom of hidden gold, manages to haul it back to the Wells Fargo offce in Rhyolite, and then decides to do some real good with it. It contains an exemplary cast of characters, but this is not just a story of outlaws, heroes, sagebrush, and hidden treasure. At its core, it is a tale of prejudice and courage, of humor, humanity, and decency, all set in a small desert town that could be anywhere.