It was October 1869, when the Sterling gang crossed the rugged Kiamichi Wilderness to rob the bank in Paris, Texas, choosing Sunday morning to do the job. But the explosion was too loud and the noise brought the Sheriff running, as well as an ex-gunfighter, turned farmer, as he was coming from Church in search of his son.
The sheriff confronted the robbers as they exited the bank, and during the melee of gunfire and screaming horses, is hit just as Upshur arrives. Unarmed, Upshur continues the fight with the lawman's gun, felling all but four, and desperate, the gang's leader spotted the frightened child and used him as a shield while making their escape.
They had taken Upshur's only child, forcing him to rise from the grave and put on his guns again. He would track them into the mountains of the Kiamichi, but neither Upshur, or the outlaws were prepared for the earliest and strongest winter storm in a century.
But as fate would have it, they were all in peril from something even more sinister than the elements. They were being hunted by an ancient tribe of ghostly Choctaw Indians.