Young Macklin proves that he has ""more guts than he can hang on a fence"" in the Wyoming country in the late 19th century when he establishes his new spread in the face of opposition. Grazing his cattle too near the Indian reservation, learning to understand the injustices accorded the Indians, losing his horses, then his cows, he watches trouble mount as the ragged band of Indians refuse to leave their land, as they are starved and imprisoned to force them to travel south. His conscience leads him to help them, to try ineffectually to swerve the rigid demands of the military, to silence the unreasoning and fanatic treachery of the Indian agent, to offer marriage to Dull Knife's daughter as a chance to stop the disaster that threatens. When the captives make their break, Macklin gives them horses and the slaughter that follows nearly drives him from the country. It is only when he and his loved Yodi are attacked by Indians that were his friends that he fights back and learns his last lesson from the new land. A solid novel of the old West, this keeps to the Haycox tradition.