Leonard Higgins was starting to panic.
The industrial chain he was attempting to cut loose was made of case-hardened steel. It was thicker and more durable than chains he’d practiced breaking in preparation for this moment.
As he strained to pull the handles of the 40-inch bolt cutters toward one another, he was running out of time.
The muted glow of daybreak had already begun to spread across the rolling plains of north-central Montana’s Chouteau County, revealing the snow-speckled farmland that surrounded him.