Logan Cates knew the many ways the Arizona desert could kill a man. He had ridden the sandblasted dunes, tracked the Apache over barren lava beds, sheltered in the dry washes of this forbidding land. Above all he knew a man needed water to survive. Cates rode to Papago Wells a few miles ahead of an Apache war party led by the vicious Churupati. There he met a dozen desert wanderers whom chance had led to the only water between Yuma and Hell. There they came under seige by the Indians- and there they would make their stand, with little hope of living beyond the next day and only a hard man named Logan Cates to show them how to conquer their enemy: fear.