1879. Oklahoma Territory.
After years of bloodshed and being on the run, which has led them from Florida to Oklahoma, down to Mexico and back to Oklahoma again, a ragtag bunch of Seminole Blacks, led by “Sheriff” Desi Leans, has finally found a place called home. Refuge. Things haven't been easy on the drought-ridden prairie, but these well-worn people finally know peace.
That all changes when the Testimony Gang, a gang of reformed outlaw Buffalo Soldiers, come to town, led by their firebrand preacher, Prester John.
John and his boys are determined to stay. Desi's wife, Anne, his “deputy,” Gay, and the other townswomen are determined to see them go. All Desi wants is peace. But what price does he and all of Refuge have to pay in order to achieve it?