Parallelling Charles Marquis Warren's Valley of the Shadow (page 318), this is again the same period- the post Civil War, the same Indians- the Apaches, and also again against the broader outline of frontier fighting- the narrower issue of a feud between two men. Larimore, sent to this territory because of his experienced, economical (in manpower) leadership, meets up with Bob Jackson who had tricked him some nine years back, married his girl- Mary. Jackson, sullen, quicktempered, unloved by his men, loses further caste with the arrival of Larimore who moves surely, successfully in his details against the Apache, Cochise. And, although Jackson fears that Larimore will supersede him with Mary, Larimore finds- for the first time- interest in another girl. Authentic adventure for a masculine market.