It's the summer of 1880. "While potential investment in Leadville$1 (Bs silver mines has brought former president and Civil War general Ulysses S. Grant to this city at the top of the Rockies, others in his retinue and in town have different agendas... As part owner of the Silver Queen Saloon, Inez Stannert has often observed the ruination that comes from yielding to temptation. Still, that hasn$1 (Bt stopped her from taking Reverend Justice Sands as her lover. Nor does it stop her from striking a backroom deal with upscale brothel madam Frisco Flo, a deal that Inez gambles will make her financially independent. But when the body of Lizzie, one of Flo$1 (Bs women, is discovered and Inez learns that Flo has another silent business partner whose identity she will not divulge, Inez begins to have second thoughts..."--p.  of jacket.