Hate in His Holster is the story of Dave Lanning, an orphan rescued by Bert Haney, ramrod of the YT ranch in Sunfisher, Nebraska. Lanning is determined to protect the YT from incursion, but is taken aback when the new owner arrives, a woman who does not understand why the ranch hasn’t been making the kind of profit it used to make and is determined to make some changes. In Fighting Man, Tully Bain returns after a three-year absence to assume his half ownership in the Broken Bell. He hopes this time to renew his courtship of Beth Carradine. But Bain finds that much has changed. Perhaps the change that means the most to Tully Bain is that now Beth Carradine wants to marry him, in spite of her father’s intention that she should marry Pete Knapp of the Box K.