Shane Author:Jack Schaefer This was Shane. A stranger who rode out of the heart of the great glowing West-into the small Wyoming valley in the summer of 1889. — "He was clean shaven and his face was lean and hard and burned from high forehead in the shadow of the hat's brim...The eyes were endlessly searching from side to side and forward, checking off every item in view, ... more »missing nothing...
"He rode easily, relaxed in the saddle, leaning his weight lazily into the stirrups. Yet even in this easiness of a coiled spring, of a trap set."
This was Shane. Dnagerous? Yes. But not to the Starretts. They persuaded him to stay a few days, for they knew Shane in this short acquaintance and they knew they never had a safer man in their home.
Soon he was a part of the feud between the cattle ranger, Fletcher, and the few homesteaders who were proving their grants. Fletcher's men lay in wait for him. Through Shane they could get at Starrett whose will and purpose held the handful of homesteaders to their land and posed a threat to the open range wanted by the big cattle dealers.
The spring of the coil unwound with a snap. Shane knew what to do. And when his job was done he rode back whence he had come. The valley in Wyoming was a better place because he had been there. And boys like Bob Starrett once more had a chance--the kind of chance the boy who had become Shane never had. This is Bob Starrett's story--a revealing, profoundly moving story of the influence of Shane's singular character on one boy's life.« less