Our story is set in the dusty mining town of Tombstone, Arizona, and involves the brutal murder of the infamous outlaw Jesse James, who has been mercilessly shot in the back, whilst taking a bath in his room at the Crystal Palace Hotel.
Jesse and his brother Frank, who both carried huge bounties on their heads, had quietly slipped into Tombstone the previous night, in order to participate in the celebrated
- Annual Tombstone Poker Tournament -
This notorious game, run by saloon owner Poker Alice, always takes place under a shroud of secrecy and is strictly an 'invitation-only' affair. Despite intense public speculation, the exclusive 'high-roller' guest list always remains a closely-guarded secret until play is just about to start.
However, just an hour before this year's game is due to begin, and shortly after Frank's own entrance into the saloon causes no small commotion amongst the eager spectators, four loud shots ring out from Jesse's room on the first floor.
Amidst the ensuing chaos, the murderer quickly escapes unnoticed from the bedroom window and leaves few clues as to their identity.
However, once the initial confusion subsides, Frank, soon realizes that his brother's killer must be amongst the other players due to take part in that night's game, as they were the only ones who knew that Jesse was in town at the time of the murder.
In a desperate attempt to discover the killer's identity before the trail goes cold, Frank quickly devises a high-risk game of 'truth-and-dare', carefully designed to lure the unknown murderer into taking the biggest gamble of their whole life.
If Frank is right, his 'winner-takes-all' challenge may well just tempt Jesse's killer into staking everything they've got to lose, in a daring attempt to seize all they could wish to win.