Louis LAmour said that the West was no place for the frightened or the mean. It was a big country needing big men and women to live in it. This volume presents nine of LAmours ever-popular short storieshistory that lives forever.In Riding for the Brand, Jed Asbury comes across a derelict covered wagonthe people and their horses killedand decides to finish what the former owners had set out to do.In Four Card Draw, Allen Ring wins a small ranch in a game of pokerbut Marshall Bilton is determined to make things difficult.In His Brothers Debt, Rock Casady is considered a coward because he wont go into town. But that was before Sue Landon asked Rock to accompany her to make some needed purchasesand Casady cant say no to a lady. In A Strong Land Growing, Marshal Fitz Moore of Sentinel hears that outlaws plan to hit his town. Their method is to kill the lawman first, then loot the town. Nevertheless, Moore intends to make his stand.In The Turkeyfeather Riders, Jim Sandifer, foreman for the B Bar ranch, plans to come clean about a raid he stopped on the Katrischen spreadeven if it ruins his only chance with the girl he loves. In Lit a Shuck for Texas, the Sandy Kid is nineteen and new to this range. He gets curious when he tells his boss, Wald, of a rich-veined chunk of gold ore on Walds land but gets only anger in response.The Paiute is the local bad man in The Nester and the Paiute. Sheriff Todd had never caught him with real evidencebut that was before the Nester rode in In Barney Takes a Hand, the H&C Cattle Company has an eviction notice for Tess Bayeux. Tess has been waiting for help from Rex Tilden, but he hasnt responded. She supposes that this new fellow, Barney, will be no help at all, but in that she is wrong.In Man Riding West, Jim Gary is offered a job riding herd. Jim can use the money, and the herd is moving the same direction he is, which is good luck for himunless the herd is stolen.