Will Fain is a U. S. Marshal sent into West Texas by President U. S. Grant. He comes to West Texas with six of the finest thoroughbred horses to build a life and build up a horse ranch in San Angelo, Texas, which becomes his base of operations. Fain seeks to establish law and order at a time when the U.S. Cavalry is in constant battle with Comanches and Kiowas. Soldiers desert regularly and often become criminals themselves. People without a conscience, murderers, robbers, rapists, counterfeiters, card sharps are all over West Texas. Fain seeks to bring to justice the worst of the worst criminals. Fain and his deputy, a former Buffalo Soldier named Isum Wood, have encounters with cattle rustlers, buffalo hunters, card sharps and a host other criminals. Will finds that horse racing is the favorite pastime of westerners, so be races his thoroughbreds against the finest quarterhorses in the West. While these criminals inhabit Fain’s work world, he finds great joy by marrying a widow with two children, who give purpose to his life and bring him the greatest love he’s ever known.
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