In the early , a young man of substantial personal wealth boarded a train from Missouri and set out to claim a more precious heritage. To Charles Marion Russell the wide open spaces of Montana soon became home regardless of the ranch he worked. From the cowboys and Indians, he learned the art of simple living - a knowledge he was to impart on canvas and drawing board. This biography traces his odyssey through the West, his marriage to Nancy Cooper, his attempts to live in the ""tail tepees"" of the city and his success as an artist. Though the facts are carefully researched and the subject inherently interesting, the book as a whole is too bland and unaccented to please the average reader. In sharp contrast to the man and his life, the writing is stiff and stilted. ""Home Is Where The Heart Is"" and ""Trail's End"", a few chapter headings, echo the tone of Miss Shelton's account.