Pelona was a strange town, and Ward McQueen was a stranger to it. The stalward foreman of the Tumbling K had come to the high country to take legal possession of the Firebox range. But the sight that greeted him when he arrived was an ugly one: the battle-stained and bullet-ridden body of its former owner. It was clear that young Jimmy McCracken had gone out fighting, for his killers left behind a trail of blood. Now McQueen has followed that trail - straight into Pelona, a town so full of double-dealings and trickery that the truths can only be uncovered from behind the barrel of a gun . . .