Regarded by many as the best western writer of the early twentieth century, Rhodes expands his popular short story "The Little Eohippus" into this novel; the result features cowboy hero Jeff Bransford, who refuses to compromise the woman he loves to clear himself of a murder charge.
came Jeff and Leo, white with the dust of twenty starlit leagues, for accumulated mail of Rainbow South. Horse-feeding, breakfast, gossip with jolly, motherly Ma Sanders, reading and answering of mail--then their beauty nap; so missing the day's event, the passing of the Flyer. When they woke Escondido basked drowsily in the low, westering sun. The far sunset ranges had put off their workaday homespun brown and gray for chameleon hues of purple and amethyst; their deep, cool shadows, edged with trembling rose, reached out across the desert; the velvet air stirred faintly to the promise of the night.
The agent was putting up his switch-lights; from the kitchen came a cheerful clatter of tinware.
"Now we buy some dry goods and wet," said Leo. They went into the store.
"That decision's come!" shrilled Pappy in tremulous excitement. "It's too durn bad! Registered letters from Land Office for Taylor and Lake, besides another for Lake, not registered."
"That one from the Land Office, too