Alan LeMay, who made a strong start with The Searchers, gives color and conviction to an old struggle in the desolate Texas territory of 1870. Widowed Matthilda Zachary and her three sons, Ben, Cash and Andy protect 17 year old Rachel from the knowledge of her foundling origin. Rumor reaches the Kiowas that she is theirs. As Rachel learns the truth she acknowledges her love for Ben-the eldest. Death strikes Matthilda and the family endures an Indian attack. Superior styling characterizes an action story which will be serialized in the S. E. P.