First time in hardcover for a Brand oddity--what might be called a Goethean western. (Brand's real name? Frederick Faust!) The Faust here is orphan-traveler-fortunehunter Winsor Terence Glanvil, a supreme egoist-gambler who is tempted by Satanic colleague Santelle, who offers to help Glanvil win heiress Louise Carney if he'll only sign a contract giving Santelle a third of the fortune. Glanvil signs; beautiful and innocent Louise loves Glanvil at first sight--but her blind protectoress, mind-reader Kate, sees through him. Louise's other guardian angel is giant Jack Rutledge, a lion of virtue who also seeks her hand, and Glanvil fears the light he sees in Rutledge, of ""a clean life and an honest heart."" When Glanvil attempts to elope with Louise in a blinding rainstorm, Rutledge stops the marriage and disfigures Glanvil's handsome face with a spur. Glanvil vows revenge and wounds Rutledge before bolting off to live in a cave with a wolf. But he'll return, unrecognized, to court Louise--now engaged to Rutledge--and take bloodless vengeance. . . . Gunfighting for grad-students: a weird item, sure as shootin'.