Autobiographical fiction, in the story of the Old Man, who was part devil, part human, who dominated his family's life to unholy effect. The Old Man, who was compelled to pioneer in new, undeveloped country, but who always had to move on through financial tangles, or personal ambitions. This is the story of his early days in Texas, on the range; his later agricultural successes which never fortified him enough to hold his own against developing society. A story too, of a family, meeting insecurity, distrust, and new communities. A panorama of the Texas scene of yesterday and today, sometimes a brutal picture but always dynamic, this captures the personality of a social and economic rebel whose own failure as a parent is overshadowed by the drama of his character. A regional, as well as a family novel.