The three short novels in this brilliant collection amply demonstrate the range of imagination and depth of characterization that mark Wayne D. Overholser's Western fiction. "The Leather Slappers" is set in Colorado, where a company employee is having second thoughts about the way his employers are seizing homesteads. In "The Fence" an Oregon sheriff has to protect his former fiancee after her father and grandfather are brutally murdered. And the title tale features a man battling a family's prejudices to win the hand of the woman he loves. Three very different views of the Old West--but each one a prime example of Overholser at his best!