The story of the 3,000,000 acre ranch, XIT, from 1882 to 1908, from its origin, in 1875 when, in exchange for building the capitol at Austin, Babcock, Taylor and the Farwells received the land. This tells of big business, that stretched to England, brought to ranching, of a spread that became dominant in the Panhandle, that was influential in changing the cattle industry. It tells too of pressure politics that went all the way to the White House, of the rules forbidding guns, liquor, smoking, of an empire that made, and broke the men in charge, of the lack of water, the terrors of prairie fire, the local hatreds that had to be combatted. A record of near-defeat turned into notable success, of large scale operations in beef production and ranch running, this ends with the sale of the property in a last land-rush and in its factual content makes the fictional western look fairly pale. A definite masculine interest here.