Once more Ranger Walt Slade, the hawk-faced scourge of evil-doers, buys into trouble on the interests of justice. This time the slick-iron trail starts in the Texas Big Bend country. When Slade met them, Curly Bill Elkins and his crew claimed to be pursuing rustlers of one of the region’s far-flung herds. But the local sheriff, whose path Slade cuts across next, figured Elkins was more likely to be fleeing the law than to be helping it. Slade wondered if Curly Bill Elkins really was the head of the outlaw faction as reports coming to Ranger Post headquarters insisted he was. Well, it was up to Slade to find out — that was what he was sent here for.