Joe Bonnyman left town after he sold his small outfit to the Middle Arizona Cattle Company, which earned him the scorn of his fellow ranchers. Now that a cattle war between the syndicate Joe sold to and the various ranches seems imminent, Joe's father summons him home to Lodgepole. But some back-door deals of the most underhanded kind suddenly ease the situation, and Yace Bonnyman tells his son to go back where he came from.In his short stay at home, Joe has had more than his share of unpleasantness and would be more than happy to leave Lodgepole for good. But an unfortunate turn of events puts Joe on the wrong side of the law. What's a man to do?The soul of the American West lives in Peter Dawson. He blazed trails when America was coming of age and wrote about a time when a gun was the law of the West.