Synopses & Reviews
In "The Lion Hunter and the Lady," Cat Morgan is plying his trade -- trying to bag a mountain lion alive in order to sell it to a circus or zoo. As he and Long John William try to lure the cat from a tree, they're interrupted by a lynch posse led by Karl Dorfman, who accuses Cat and Long John of running off his horse herd -- and Dorfman intends to hang them right where they stand!
"The Trail to Peach Meadow Canon" tells of Mike Bastian, who has been raised by an outlaw chief, Ben Curry, and trained in frontier skills by Curry's most trusted associates. Ben has decided it's time to retire, but is frustrated by the lack of criminal ambition shown by his own son. Jed Ashbury was stripped and forced to run the gauntlet by the Indians in "Riding for the Brand." He ran it so well that he escaped with only some minor wounds. Able to outfit himself from the contents of a covered wagon that had been attacked and left behind, Jed also learns what the mission of those killed in the attack was, and determines to push forward with it -- regardless of the consequences.
The open West was a land where wanderers could find themselves a home -- a home to fight for and sometimes die for. Jed Asbury was one such journeyman, taking on the identity of a dead man. Allen Ring was another: he'd won his plot of land in a card game only to find he had to win again with a gun. The characters in these classic stories are all riding for the brand -- staying loyal to what matters, staking the West with their courage and their blood.