At six foot three and 230 pounds, Owen Burke is an imposing figure. Taught how to handle a gun by his father, he knows how to take care of himself. Out of work, Burke finds a job as a scout for a Texas landowner. He was to help lead horses from Texas to California. A gang of outlaws, who made it look like Burke had a hand in the job, steals the herd. To clear his name, Burke sets out on his own to find the stolen herd, capture the outlaws, and return the horses to their owner. Chavez, the foreman of the ranch and the leader of the men driving the herd, never liked Burke and sets out on his trail.
Trail Hand is a surprisingly good story containing action, suspense, and conflict. Stone used his knowledge of guns, horses and riding to write a believable tale. With this, his first novel, he did a marvelous job creating a character that was interesting and a story that was enjoyable to read.