When Jeremiah Clark enters the Cripple Creek gold camp with a grubstake of $128, he finds there are already three railroads and 20,000 eager miners competing for the riches. It's the Colorado gold rush! But he also finds a local miner's union importing dangerous men, willing to do almost anything. They are drifters, malefactors, and miscreants - the ilk of a territorial prison. Only a thousand state militiamen can control the rough element, bent on bringing down wealthy mine owners. This thrilling novel brings Cripple Creek's labor wars to life in the events of one ordinary man who rises from two-dollar-a-week plow hand to Gold Coin Club millionaire practically overnight. But can his fledgling operation survive the conflict? If Only For a Season crackles with western action and drama. Characters like Sam Whitman - the aging Wild West prospector, Charles Moyer - the driven union boss, and Sherman Bell - the militia general, promise to delight all readers.