One man against thirty. The thirty should leave town while they still can.
The cover says it all: A slide rule vs a gun. Brains vs Brawn.
Andy Stillman went off to college in 1871. He returned in 1875 with a civil engineering degree. Upon arriving in Willow Creek, Wyoming, he finds that his father has been murdered by hired guns of a rival rancher, but it can't be proven in a court of law. He's been away for four years. People in town don't know who he's become. To them, he's more city dude now than rancher. He's a tenderfoot. He has "book learnin'." He's almost an outsider. And his father's ranch--Andy's ranch now--is under attack. A drought is causing Will O'Meara's Circle-K ranch to lose cattle, and he wants Stillman's water: Little Muddy Creek. How does a tenderfoot with eight cowhands and a young brother and sister, fight a violent rancher with twenty men, six recently-hired tough men, and three murdering gunslingers? Answer: he sends his family and all his cowhands away, then goes it alone.
ABOUT THE NOVEL : This was my first novel, now revised several times, but essentially the same as when it was first written. It has dynamite and death, gunslingers and love. You might never have read a western with a hero like Andy Stillman.