Burn English is well known in the West for his knowledge of breeding and training horses. Injured as a young man when he became entangled in barbed wire, he fell in love with the woman who nursed him back to health. She married another, though, and eventually Burn, feeling like an old man at forty-three, decides to abandon his small ranch, where he lived close to the married woman of his dreams, and heads north.
He settles and sets up a small camp near a pond, where he befriends a young girl who invites him home to meet her family. Burn begins to work at the small homestead for the woman and her three children, two teenage boys and the young girl. He then becomes involved in helping the family fight a local rancher who wants their land.
Born in the eastern United States, William Luckey spent a number of years in the West working with horses and participating in trail rides. His knowledge and love of horses is apparent in his story; he provides readers with an excellent character study of Burn English, along with the other minor characters presented in his book. If you like Western novels where accuracy of locale and Western lore is important, you will enjoy this novel as much as I did.