This is the story of Dewey Jones, of the western cowman and of rodeo hooliganning. For Dewey, broke and beat from contest riding, comes to the Flying A in Arizona to take a job as cook and is determined to get into condition, save money and be ready for the next meet. The account of the round up camps, of herding wild cattle, of rough country, of burros -- and of camp cooking (when hungry men demand that he ""cook up hell and half of Georgia"") has an unpressed reality that makes this substantial westernizing. Then, with his poke filled, he heads for Las Vegas -- sober, nail hard -- and hangs on to his promise to stay the course through the rodeo events until, winning, the familiar round lands him, celebrating, almost broke and not sober. Another job, horse breaking, and a no-nonsense girl keep him from the point where time runs out and he gets his chance to give up rodeo bumming and head for a more normal life. Lots of sounds and smells and talk and food for an authentic feeling of a vanished life here, this is dedicated to Doughbelly Price who lived it.