by Robb White (1972).
As a persuasive business man, Madec had sufficient
connections to make the necessary arrangements to receive a
rare bighorn hunting permit. Madec liked to be referred to
as a successful hunter. To make certain he came home from
his hunt with a prize, Madec hires a guide, Ben, a desert
wise idealistic 22-year-old college student, to lead him to
After 3 days of scouring the jagged mountain cliffs for
bighorn, Madec accidentally shoots an old prospector. Madec
wants Ben to hush-hush the incident, being that Madec had
his reputation to protect, businesses to manage and he
didn’t care for the inconvenience of an investigation or
jail. The honest thing to do, Ben proclaimed, was to report
the shot as “an accident.” But, Madec had other ideas!!
Ben stubbornly refused to comply with Madec’s version. Madec
gave Ben an ultimatum, Madec could kill Ben then and there,
or, in the spirit of the hunt, Ben could make an escape!
The adrenalin rushes as Ben scrambles barefoot across the
scorching desert without water, food or clothes to the
nearest road 45 miles away. To make matters worse, Madec
assures Ben that he would be watching Ben’s every move,
through the high powered scope on his rifle.
Barely escaping the death grip of the desert and the bullets
from Madec’s rifle, Ben limps back to town. Upon his
return, Ben's story sounds farfetched. Even though Ben
discredits Madec by pointing out the loopholes in Madec’s
story, no one believes Ben. In the end, the final proof
that Madec's story had to be a lie came from Dr. Saunders,
the local doctor, who produces the sling shot that Madec had
“tossed” before the trial. After the sling shot was
introduced into evidence, no one at the small town hearing
believed Madec's high powered lawyers. The investigation was
reopened, and the new evidence proves that Ben is
not-guilty. When given the opportunity to charge Madec with
aggravated assault, Ben replies “……"