"War at Broken Bow" finds Buck Carrell happily in possession of his own small ranch. His life is interrupted when a woman collapses at his door. She claims she was on the nearby stage when it was held up. Buck goes to investigate, only to find she has disappeared when he returns. In "Taos Man", Coke Bright has been a drifter, until he encounters a small wagon train heading farther West. Hostile Apaches are a threat, and Coke agrees to act as a guide. But he finds the greater threat to his life comes from inside the immigrant train rather than from outside. After serving five years in Yuma Prison for cattle stealing, Ray Kelly in "Gunman" returns to the town of Welton. No one wants him there, including the sheriff, but Ray has lived too long with his lonely and bitter dream of vengeance to be dissuaded. Only a bullet will stop him now.
Lauran Paine is the author of Open Range, the novel on which the popular film of the same title was based, starring Robert Duvall, Kevin Costner, and Annette Bening.