The Ryans won’t be found in any history books – but their lives, conducted on the fringes of polite society, are desperate and uncompromising in the face of limited options.
Annie Ryan runs a second-rate brothel in the 1890’s Denver, with an eye toward expansion. What she needs is a special girl, and Annie knows just the one: her niece, Pearl Kelly, who has grown up at the Home of the Good Shepherd. Upon turning sixteen Pearl learns that she has family in Denver. Better still, they want to meet her. When Pearl arrives at Ryan’s, she is swept up in a world of jealousy, booze, vice and even murder, well-funded and well-fueled by the “quality.”
A rollicking tale of blurred lines, flowing liquor, played-out miners, and upstairs girls, The Beaten Territory delivers a compelling look at the intrigues of the Wild West, where women were enterprising and justice could be had … for a price.