The setting is 1909 and the building of the Panama Canal. Cowboy, James Holt is sent to Panama at the request of Teddy Roosevelt to assist in asking questions about some mysterious accidents that have taken place in the areas involved in the construction of the canal. He meets Saffire, a young Mulatto girl, who asks him to help her find her mother who has disappeared.
Nothing is as simple as it appears. After James has a run in with the national police, he gets further involved into not only the canal business and looking for Saffire's mother, but into revolutionary politics of Panama. As he navigates his way through all of that, he meets a woman who may change his life if he is forced to choose between justice and love.
I enjoyed learning more about the building of the Panama Canal and the events which led to the United States leading the way in building it. This is a great book for anyone who loves a historical mystery.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.