Violence and Innocence
Love and Betrayal
Butchery and Grace
In I Dreamt I Was in Heaven: The Rampage of the Rufus Buck Gang, child-man Rufus Buck rampages for vengeance. He does it for a twisted sort of love of the extraordinary Theodosia Swain. He does it for the same reason Judge Parker’s mortal illness and exposure to the idea of men as animals drives him to hide the truth from the world—desperation to fly as close as a man can to immortality.
In I Dreamt I Was in Heaven, famous, historical individuals dance with fictional characters to create a turn-of-the-century tapestry of violence and innocence, butchery and grace—mirroring and chafing against the backdrop of a burgeoning United States and a disappearing American West.