Nevada -- Tonopah and Goldfield -- becomes Vermonter Zebediah Hawkins' home after he has proved he can stand up to the new country and the hardpushing men of the gold fields. For Zeb is a mite green on arrival, a mite confused too since he left home rather than let his brother, Ephraim, have his legacy of $500, and his meeting with Davis Borton brings him not only tussles and wrassles with Borton, but a fortune and the company of the two Paiute girl twins, Necktie and Other One. The fortune is lost gambling so Zeb goes back to his old trade, clerking in a store, and follows on to Goldfield with Necktie to continue his storekeeping. This has its rough moments -- when Ephraim turns up to cause trouble, when Borton repays Zeb's determined efforts to sell a traded lot of avocados before they rot, when Zeb and Borton tangle for a final turn of the cards -- but brings its rewards in assured success for Zeb and the irrepressible Necktie. Unbuttoned, brawling, this has moments of broad comedy in its boom town episodes and steers clear of the abnormalities of the author's earlier Freakshow (1954--Little, Brown).