After fighting for the Confederate army in the Civil War, Drew Rennic goes to Arizona in search of his father. The two have never met. Drew decides to assume a pseudonym and to go to work on his father's ranch in order to give himself time to determine whether or not to divulge his identity. On the ranch Drew becomes involved in the bitterness of post-war animosity, in the detection of horse thieves, and in the usual ranching problems of the Southwest. In traditional Andre Norton fashion, the prose and dialogue are well-done and the plot is carefully and cleverly constructed.