Lily DeLony tells
her very one-sided version of what happened on Christmas Eve night
1883 in the town of McDade, Texas, when a vigilante group made up
of ordinary citizens struck against a gang of outlaws. One of the
outlaw gang was the love of Lily's young life. One of the
vigilantes was her father.
The DeLony family
is churchgoing, God-fearing, hardworking, controlled. The father's
word is law and is seldom spoken softly. But Lily was raised to
meet the challenge of hard work. She's a strong, upright girl who
knows the rules of virtue and righteousness. And follows them.
Follows them, that is, until she meets Marion "Shot" Beatty,
youngest of the Beatty brothers.
Based around a true
event, Lily's telling of this tale is characterized by her spirit,
her will, her fearlessness, and the endearing gullibility of youth.
By the end of the story, Lily had forsaken all that for the love of
Marion Beatty and an unknown future - one that includes a pistol in
Lily's skirt pocket.
"An unabashed love
story, a charming tale about a good girl who falls for a bad guy."
– The Sanford Herald
"If you think you
know what undying love it, think again...meet Lily." – The Macon
spiced with romance." – Chicago
"If their romance doesn't make your heart beat
faster, their flight from the vigilantes will." – The Charlotte