Young Clifford wanted to have a hand in the upcoming battle between Governor C. F. Jackson and Col. Frank Segal. Carthage, would be the first full scale land battle between the North and the South. The Missouri Militia under Jackson wanted to secede from the Union.
While Clifford was off to help the Missouri guards his reward was they came and destroyed his family home and killed off his family. For three days with some friends they fight a running battle with the guard patrols. The Union army discovered he fought for the South and he ended up in the prison at Rock Island. When the truth was brought to light Pres. Lincoln pardoned him.
Later he finds his childhood sweetheart and they moved west to settle on some land. Their good friend Nancy Morton, a young woman, was abducted by Indians and his adventure leads him on a wild goose chase to recover her. Shorty is a pint size stick of dynamite trying to set things right in his life but trouble follows him wherever he goes.
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