With a small herd of cattle and a big pack of trouble, the man known as Burt Lane rode into Northern Wyoming. Outside the town of Clayburn, the cattle ranch known as Wild Meddow had lain untended and overgrown for many years. With no apparent lawful owner, its water and fertile soil were of much interest to the covetous Cole Dodgson and Vaughn Maber. When they eventually decide to overrun the ranch, Burt Lane must declare his real identity. Then, when his friend, Hester Brax, is taken hostage, he decides that the time for long-awaited retribution has arrived.