Fire on the Mountain is a sentimental western story about a boy's summer on his grandfather's ranch in New Mexico when the U.S. Government tries to take over the land for a missile range. The theme of old-fashioned values versus so-called progress is pushed rather heavily and tritely, although ""progress"" in the form of missiles instead of cities and motei can claim to be both new and contemporary. The government tries first to buy, then to condemn and seize the grandfather's land, but the old man will have none of it. When the U.S. marshals come to evict him, he is waiting on the veranda with a shotgun. Although it was not, apparently, written for children, it reads more like a book for boys than for adults.