Good man's book in a panoramic super-adventure tale of the early west, 1885, with Jubal Troop as the focus, one of those indefatigable hard-loving and hard fighting men, not without a certain raw power. North Dakota, Montana, Texas -- cattlehand, rancher, rawhider, miner, trader -- and finally, after another interval as rancher, success when oil is discovered on his ranch in Oklahoma. Then the down-grade, and a succession of misadventures. Through it all, the romance with Naoma, with whom he is finally reunited. Picaresque adventure, with a certain lusty hard-hitting verve.