An Oregon reservation has suddenly been vacated and Henry Stall, a seasoned ranch owner, didn't get the news in time. He is driven to continue the expansion of his cattle empire in the American northwest, and when he goes to stake his claim, conflict erupts between the old and new guards of ranchers on the open range.
Stall combats the restraints of his age, and sets off on a strenuous endeavor to confront Jim Montana, his former employee and the commissioner of the newly vacant property. Heads turn as Stall and Montana mobilize and contend for a share in this territory-and to claim it rightfully theirs. Stall is determined to defend his reputation as a veteran proprietor, while Montana wants to assert his own authority as an emerging official, and their collision sets off a whirlwind of scraps, skirmishes, and showdowns.
It falls upon each ranch to wrangle whatever forces it can to carve out a corner of the expanding cattle country before its neighbors. When the law of the land overrides the governing regulations on boundary lines, what emerges is a full-blown range war-and putting down a stake on unclaimed territory becomes more hazardous than ever.
Harry Sinclair Drago was one of the grandfathers of the Western genre, and an enormously prolific writer. He wrote three books a year, on average, when he wasn't working as a Hollywood screenwriter or newspaper columnist. He is the recipient of the Buffalo Award for best western book of the year, the National Cowboy Hall of Fame Award, and the Western Heritage award.
I. Range Hog II. "Say What You Mean!" III. To the Highest Bidder IV. The Letter of the Law V. Backs to the Wall VI. Tragedy Rides the Range VII. Flaming Skies VIII. When Tracks Spell Friend or Death IX. Reprisal X. The Hyphen Flash of Death XI. Where the Dark Angel Walks XII. Home on the Range XIII. Her Father's Daughter XIV. "Vengeance Is Mine!" XV. Long Riders XVI. Dangerous Ground XVII. Speaking of Mistakes XVIII. Thundering Hoofs XIX. The End of His Tether XX. The Foreman of Squaw Valley