Ethan Wilder has been off in the mountains hunting for the last several months. He is the eldest son of Jacob Wilder, owner of the Bar Five Ranch. Jacob runs a few head of cattle to pay the bills and keep the family stocked in what can't be raised, hunted, or traded for. Some of the newer citizens in this part of Montana Territory claim the only thing Jacob Wilder can raise with any success is hell and sons -- he has three of them in addition to Ethan. Like father, like sons.