Born into slavery, Bass Reeves became the first black and most successful US Marshal of the Wild West. Many "heroic lawmen" of the Wild West were actually violent scoundrels and outlaws themselves. But of all the sheriffs of the frontier, one man stands out as a true hero: Bass Reeves. True to the mythical code of the West, he never drew his gun first. He brought hundreds of fugitives to justice, was shot at countless times, and never hit. And though the laws of his country enslaved him and his mother, when he became a free man he served the law, with such courage and honor that he became a legend.