A Confedrate soldier home on leave finds his father up to his neck in trouble.
Tells a good story of cowboys.
As usual the author Elmer Kelton turns in a good story. He was voted one of the best Western writers ever. In some ways I agree and in some ways I don't, as I would probably give the edge to another famous author Louis Lamour. No doubt Kelton can spin a good yarn, but after reading many of his books, they all seem to be somewhat familar. This one is no different with the setting taking place in Texas, during the civil war nearing towards it's end, and involving a young soldier Owen Danforth. Owen finds himself caught in a quandry, involving his duty with the Confederates, and his family/friends who are dividied with the war. Probably a typical dilema back in those days during the civil war when brother fought against brother. As most of Kelton's stories it is a quick read and not without suspense and did find the pages going by quickly. I would have rated it higher had it not been for the familiarity of which he writes, almost seemed as if I had read it before, almost knowing how it would end.