Marc Norman's story of an oil well called the Apache Dome is just as broad as it is tall -- ""dumb at the beginning and dumb at the end and more or less a mistake all through the middle."" Not too much of a mistake since Stanley Kramer is converting it into a film with George C. Scott and Faye Dunaway and even in book form it should be off and spurting. Anyway it's about a spitfire girl called Lena Doyle who has a wildcat well she's planning to bring in with a broken rig, no water, and a father she hasn't seen for 25 downhill years. He's Cleon Holder and he recruits a hostler (the narrator) to help while some other people are running interference -- guns and money -- before the Apache Dome blows in. . . and up. This is in the best tradition of the western casual from True Grit to Butch Cassidy and you'll find it purtydamnfunny, sharp and appealing.