Iris has to make a decision: give herself to the heartless Rafe Benedict or suffer his wrath. She chooses the second. He gives her ten days to move her 300 horses from his range, or he and his hands will shoot them all. Iris's brother Cal, crippled though he is, ties himself to his horse to ride and convinces Iris's old suitor, Will, to help.
This is the story of two sides feuding over noble horses. It pits two underdog cowpokes with grit and smarts against the sadistic Benedict boys and the forces of nature. It is a rich western tale full of incident, detail, complication, and romance. At its heart lies the nobility of the horses and the strivings of Will and Cal to match them.