A locomotive races across the desert, with a human body fused to the engine...the body of Wolfina's brother Emilio, one of the ""hosts"" of a Ring of the Dead! With no help in sight, Wolfina fights alone to save her brother from a fate worse than death. But can anything get the ring from Emilio's body? At the end of the line is a woman who might have the answer...or might just have a lot of sharp cutting implements! Includes a special bonus story, ""Bad Shield United""!