Maybe it's just me but the stories are getting more complex, which makes for a better reading experience though one that sometimes leaves me feeling like I may have missed something. This one involves a flashback to an expedition that was intending to raid a ranch belonging to a patriot. The royalist forces attempt to get to the ranch via the rivers, but are tricked by their Native American guides and then slaughtered in an ambush by the tribe.
However, the title (which means "punishment") refers to a seemingly supernatural act of revenge that takes place outside the flashback. Dramatic finish, though I would probably benefit from rereading it.
Donald Hall (1928-2018)
3 weeks ago