(From the back of the book) Next to nothing is known about the real Etta Place - where she came from, what her real name was, or what became of her after her legendary romance with the Sundance Kid. This spellbinding nvel imagines that Etta is a Philadelphia debutante whose father's death leaves her orphaned, bankrupt, and a target of the infamous Black Hand mafia. She then flees west using an alias: the name of the street on which she grew up.
Etta initially earns her way as a "Harvey Girl" waitress in a remote Colorado railroad outpost, but after narrowly escaping a violent crime she joins forces with Butch Cassidy's notorious gang, the Wild Bunch. At every step, Etta's life on the lam is marked by danger, excitement, and encounters with dynamic characters. She falls in love with the Sundance Kid, grows close to a young Eleanor Roosevelt, impersonates Annie Oakley in Buffalo Bill's famous Wild West show, and eludes kidnapping and the noose. Weaving together diary entries, Pinkerton Detective Agency memos, newspaper articles, and historical documents (all richly imagined), Gerald Kolpan makes a fiction debut that is both captivating and unforgettable.