When Ruby McCullough come home to the family ranch for her mother's funeral, Daniel Stewart hopes to finally become Ruby's lover - or walk away forever. Instead, Daniel descends into the McCulloughs' vortex of secrecy, betrayal, transgression, and cathartic revelation. Against a vivid, gritty backdrop of modern ranch life a mystery unfolds. On horseback, Ruby and Daniel search the remote canyons and mesas of the ranch for the burial site where Ruby's father, Calvin, has covertly laid her mother to rest. Ruby also seeks her mother's lost personal diaries, which she hopes will validate Ruby's accusations of abuse against Calvin and settle her inheritance. As Ruby wrestles her demons and struggles with forgiveness, Daniel unravels his tangled attraction to her. The landscape of the ranch, with its imminent archaeological past and eerily spellbinding presence, draws them into shadowy epiphanies of love, desire, and spiritual insight. In this compelling terrain, enthralled by Ruby's sensuality and intuitive sensitivity, Daniel seeks a path to transcendence at the intersection of body and soul. ""Daniel is late for the funeral, but when he spots the horse herd near the highway he pulls over and gets out of the car. Standing still, he inhales the sharp desert air, then lets it out, and in the space between he finds everything and nothing.
A writer and editor for a variety of Southwestern publications, Charles C. Poling focuses on the people, landscape, and horses of New Mexico whenever he can. Now editor and associate publisher of Su Casa magazine, in 1998 he coauthored Cowboy in the Roundhouse, the autobiography of New Mexico Governor Bruce King.